William Empson

(1906-1984 / England)

Let It Go - Poem by William Empson

It is this deep blankness is the real thing strange.
The more things happen to you the more you can't
Tell or remember even what they were.

The contradictions cover such a range.
The talk would talk and go so far aslant.
You don't want madhouse and the whole thing there.

Comments about Let It Go by William Empson

  • (1/28/2019 10:07:00 AM)

    William Empson was my professor at Sheffield University back in 1969.He was well on his way to losing his marbles then.Behaviour included approaching students on campus and asking them how to cook an albatross.Madhouse here we come....ambiguity or not. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (12/18/2015 6:02:00 AM)

    Brilliant. Says nothing - and everything!

    Stewart Francis

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (2/19/2010 8:02:00 PM)

    A gnomic take on the nature of afflatus, flighty Memory, and the assault of the infinite on a finite world. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 3 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: remember

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
[Report Error]