William Allingham

(19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889 / Donegal / Ireland)

After Sunset

Poem by William Allingham

The vast and solemn company of clouds
Around the Sun's death, lit, incarnadined,
Cool into ashy wan; as Night enshrouds
The level pasture, creeping up behind
Through voiceless vales, o'er lawn and purpled hill
And hazéd mead, her mystery to fulfil.
Cows low from far-off farms; the loitering wind
Sighs in the hedge, you hear it if you will,--
Tho' all the wood, alive atop with wings
Lifting and sinking through the leafy nooks,
Seethes with the clamour of a thousand rooks.
Now every sound at length is hush'd away.
These few are sacred moments. One more Day
Drops in the shadowy gulf of bygone things.


Comments about After Sunset by William Allingham

  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (1/1/2019 10:58:00 PM)

    A wonderful imagery of 'after sunset' drawn so beautifully!
    'Cows low from far-off farms; the loitering wind
    Sighs in the hedge, you hear it if you will, - ' - loved these two lines the most!(Report)Reply

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (12/30/2018 10:11:00 PM)

    Very fine description of evening....the sunset. ........(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/30/2018 9:46:00 PM)

    After Sunset-One more Day// beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/30/2018 12:53:00 PM)

    A great poem.. fine thinking. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/30/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    A wonderful write by William Allingham........(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (12/30/2018 4:05:00 AM)

    The description of that sad and nostalgic sense of twilight is so wonderfully captured in this sonnet.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/30/2018 2:20:00 AM)

    Company of clouds! !
    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/11/2017 10:48:00 PM)

    The loitering wind sighs in the hedge
    Fantastic conceptualization.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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