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Elegy For Jane - Poem by Theodore Roethke

(My student, thrown by a horse)

I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
And how, once started into talk, the light syllables leaped for her.
And she balanced in the delight of her thought,
A wren, happy, tail into the wind,
Her song trembling the twigs and small branches.
The shade sang with her;
The leaves, their whispers turned to kissing,
And the mould sang in the bleached valleys under the rose.

Oh, when she was sad, she cast herself down into such a pure depth,
Even a father could not find her:
Scraping her cheek against straw,
Stirring the clearest water.
My sparrow, you are not here,
Waiting like a fern, making a spiney shadow.
The sides of wet stones cannot console me,
Nor the moss, wound with the last light.

If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
Over this damp grave I speak the words of my love:
I, with no rights in this matter,
Neither father nor lover.


Comments about Elegy For Jane by Theodore Roethke

  • Rookie - 223 Points Scharlie Meeuws (10/8/2017 10:52:00 AM)

    Sadly, just read about this poet, that he already died in the sixties.....and no wonder he was loved and read by so many... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 223 Points Scharlie Meeuws (10/8/2017 10:41:00 AM)

    Your poem is touching all my heartstrings. It has beautiful images that convey deep feelings. Thank you so much for sharing...
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  • Gold Star - 246,766 Points Rajnish Manga (7/11/2017 3:37:00 AM)

    If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
    My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
    Over this damp grave.... //.... It is so emotional. To recall the images of a small daughter who is no more. RIP, Jane. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Elegy

  1. 1. Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard , Thomas Gray
  2. 2. Elegy , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Elegy For Jane , Theodore Roethke
  4. 4. Duino Elegies: The First Elegy , Rainer Maria Rilke
  5. 5. Elegy In April And September , Wilfred Owen
  6. 6. Elegy Xix: To His Mistress Going To Bed , John Donne
  7. 7. An Imperial Elegy , Wilfred Owen
  8. 8. Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy , Rainer Maria Rilke
  9. 9. Duino Elegies: The Fourth Elegy , Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. 10. Elegy To The Memory Of An Unfortunate Lady , Alexander Pope
  11. 11. Elegy In The Classroom , Anne Sexton
  12. 12. Elegy I , Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. 13. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  14. 14. Elegy I: Jealousy , John Donne
  15. 15. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  16. 16. Elegy Xvi: On His Mistress , John Donne
  17. 17. Elegy Xviii: Love's Progress , John Donne
  18. 18. Elegy X: The Dream , John Donne
  19. 19. March Elegy , Anna Akhmatova
  20. 20. Elegy X , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. Elegy In A Country Churchyard , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  22. 22. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  23. 23. Elegy Xiii: His Parting From Her , John Donne
  24. 24. Elegy Ii: The Anagram , John Donne
  25. 25. Elegy V: His Picture , John Donne
  26. 26. Elegy Iii: Change , John Donne
  27. 27. Elegy , Joseph Brodsky
  28. 28. Elegy , Siegfried Sassoon
  29. 29. Elegy Iv: The Perfume , John Donne
  30. 30. Elegy Ix: The Autumnal , John Donne
  31. 31. Elegy Vii , John Donne
  32. 32. From The Tenth Elegy , Rainer Maria Rilke
  33. 33. Elegy Iv , Rainer Maria Rilke
  34. 34. Elegy Viii: The Comparison , John Donne
  35. 35. Elegy Upon Tiger , Jonathan Swift
  36. 36. Elegy V , Ovid
  37. 37. Elegy , Carolyn Forché
  38. 38. Elegy To Time , Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel ..
  39. 39. Elegy , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  40. 40. An Elegy On A Lap-Dog , John Gay
  41. 41. Elegy Before Death , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  42. 42. Elegy Vi , John Donne
  43. 43. An Elegy In Frost , Sandra Fowler
  44. 44. Elegy , Alan Dugan
  45. 45. Elegy Xvi: The Expostulation , John Donne
  46. 46. Elegy For Tibullus , Ovid
  47. 47. An Elegy Upon James Therburn, In Chatto , James Thomson
  48. 48. Love: An Elegy , Mark Akenside
  49. 49. Elegy , Ambrose Bierce
  50. 50. Elegy Xvii: On His Mistress , John Donne
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