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Asphodel, That Greeny Flower

Rating: 3.2

Of asphodel, that greeny flower,
like a buttercup
upon its branching stem-
save that it's green and wooden-
I come, my sweet,
to sing to you.
We lived long together
a life filled,
if you will,
with flowers. So that

I was cheered
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S Makhdoom 04 June 2021

va re va

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R. Wenner 05 November 2020

Superb. I studied this poem, dutifully, when I was young at college. I thought I knew what it meant. Now, past 70, My husband dying in the hospital without me, I sit at my computer reading this- and, as if for the first time, and know what it really means.

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Ian Mckinney 12 December 2006

If you have any interest at all in this poem, PLEASE find the original version with the proper line layouts. WCW worked his entire life to build that stanza structure, and its almost sacrilegious to read the poem without it. Marvelous poem!

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