William Allingham

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

An Evening

Poem by William Allingham

A sunset's mounded cloud;
A diamond evening-star;
Sad blue hills afar;
Love in his shroud.

Scarcely a tear to shed;
Hardly a word to say;
The end of a summer day;
Sweet Love dead.


Comments about An Evening by William Allingham

  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (7/24/2018 10:39:00 PM)

    This poet is an exemplar for economy of words. I salute him.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/24/2018 11:55:00 AM)

    'The end of a summer day;
    Sweet Love dead. '..is really sad. Very nice poem indeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/24/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    Sad blue hills! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Goodness (7/24/2018 9:57:00 AM)

    A diamond evening Star, sad blues hills afar. Suggests, an unforgettable dazzling event. That's echo's the sounds of joy and laughter.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (7/24/2018 7:23:00 AM)

    sunset's mounded cloud and diamond evening-star are both descriptive and satisfying as poetry. a fan of brevity, i like that about this poem. the last line lands on me with a thud and makes me appreciate the poem even more for the mystery it leaves me with, the wondering about what caused him to feel and write this. -gk(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/24/2018 7:02:00 AM)

    Love in his shroud; Sweet Love dead. Very fine poem.. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (7/24/2018 4:28:00 AM)

    The loss of love, so sad. 'Love in his shroud.'(Report)Reply

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  • Chandan DeyChandan Dey (7/24/2018 3:03:00 AM)

    It's a very good imaginative poem. The nice description of sunset-evening and the melancholic tune together move the readers.
    Chandan(Report)Reply

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  • Ojok IsaacOjok Isaac (7/24/2018 1:59:00 AM)

    Nice Expression that gives wonderful imagination(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/24/2018 12:49:00 AM)

    Oh! at end of summer day
    all stay on plain nails and the mad stormy wind wipe away clearly-

    Scarcely a tear to shed;
    Hardly a word to say;

    excellent expression(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (7/24/2018 12:13:00 AM)

    That is one great poem! So small and yet so much it says!(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/11/2017 10:50:00 PM)

    The end of a summer day
    Sweet love dead
    Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Rick Davies (1/1/2006 11:48:00 AM)

    I recently discovered a Reflection on An Evening by William Allingham and would like to share it, as I have no idea who the person was that used my Word to write it! So if anyone recognizes this persons name I would appreciate any info on how to reach them.
    By Jenna Chandler Livesay: This poem is so simple and understated that it just speaks for itself. But for the sake of my grade, I will speak of it for a page or more. It is simply a tale of lost love. It is sad, yet beautiful. The imagery and diction is mournful, but at the same time pristine and revered. I think that this shows however sad a moment may seem, there can be beauty inside it. Also, there is more to look forward to in the world after your suffering ends. This poem seems to be marking the end of something and the beginning of something else. It is closure to the love that has been lost. Sunset is capitalized, meaning the sun is going down on this part of the speakers life. The lack of tears seems to mean that the sadness is drawing to a close as well. He has simply cried so much that he has nothing more to do than to continue on and look for something to make him happy again. Silence is also emphasized greatly in this poem. If you imagine yourself in that setting it is improbable that there would be any sounds. Only Peace. The speaker goes on to say that there is 'hardly a word to say' adding to the tranquil silence and the fact that this chapter of his life is over and not to be spoken of at present. The scene presented in this poem is lush and extravagant. It is exxagerated in order to make the feeling of loss more profound. Blue hills paralell the sadness of the speaker. The diamond evening star gives us the impression that the sky is incredibly clear and sharp. It also offsets the broken love in the poem, because a diamond is so hard to break. However this star is so very far away meaning it is hard to achieve that kind of perfection in a breakable human life. This poem is simply nature and the raw natural instinct of love intertwining and becoming one with no outside forces to disturb them.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002