The Sunlight On The Garden Poem by Louis Macneice

The Sunlight On The Garden

Rating: 4.0


The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its nets of gold;
When all is told
We cannot beg for pardon.

Our freedom as free lances
Advances towards its end;
The earth compels, upon it
Sonnets and birds descend;
And soon, my friend,
We shall have no time for dances.

The sky was good for flying
Defying the church bells
And every evil iron
Siren and what it tells:
The earth compels,
We are dying, Egypt, dying

And not expecting pardon,
Hardened in heart anew,
But glad to have sat under
Thunder and rain with you,
And grateful too
For sunlight on the garden.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Reese Ella Howard 17 October 2004

This poem gives me actual chills on a physical level. Why did the poet have to die so young? Was he one of those who are just too good for this world?

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Susan Williams 14 February 2018

Word by word, phrase by phrase, emotion by emotion, the master poet takes us deeper into his world. Extraordinary use of poetic skills in such a building toward a climax way.

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Seamus O Brian 14 February 2018

Deftly constructed rhyme which advances the power of the subject rather than distracting from it. A beautiful piece of writing.

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 14 February 2018

A great imagination put into the exact words it deserved. 10

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Edward Kofi Louis 14 February 2018

When all is told! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Nabakishore Dash. 30 September 2021

Superb rhyme with beautiful words.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 September 2021

true profound poem, very impressive.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 September 2021

Amazing to read how the poet has built up his poem, very deep and insightful poem. True gorgeous!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 September 2021

A poignant, insightfuand touching poem,5 Stars full. Enjoyed reading this brilliant and deepest poem!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 30 September 2021

Beautifully written. A magnificent piece of poetry. Timeless.

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