Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

Love Without Hope - Poem by Robert Graves

Love without hope, as when the young bird-catcher
Swept off his tall hat to the Squire's own daughter,
So let the imprisoned larks escape and fly
Singing about her head, as she rode by.

Comments about Love Without Hope by Robert Graves

  • (1/20/2017 5:39:00 AM)

    Cinematic effect in a few brief lines
    I saw this poem 35 years ago, written up on the chalkboard of a school in which I was teaching English lit. It has haunted my imagination ever since despite not knowing its authorship until today. With great economy, it establishes a vivid roadside scene which one can dress in the imagination with all the detail, and even character positioning, of an incident in a colour film screenplay. That it can also evoke all the injustice of social-class and manmade barriers to fulfillment as well as the hopelessness of unattainable, unrequited love, is truly remarkable. (Report) Reply

    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (10/9/2009 9:54:00 PM)

    Oh my! What an image! (Report) Reply

Read all 2 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: daughter, hope, love

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

[Report Error]