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Villanelle Of Spring Bells - Poem by Keith Douglas

Bells in the town alight with spring
converse, with a concordance of new airs
make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.

People emerge from winter to hear them ring,
children glitter with mischief and the blind man hears
bells in the town alight with spring.

Even he on his eyes feels the caressing
finger of Persephone, and her voice escaped from tears
make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.

Bird feels the enchantment of his wing
and in ten fine notes dispels twenty cares.
Bells in the town alight with spring

warble the praise of Time, for he can bring
this season: chimes the merry heaven bears
make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.

All evil men intent on evil thing
falter, for in their cold unready ears
bells in the town alight with spring
make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.


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Comments about Villanelle Of Spring Bells by Keith Douglas

  • Gold Star - 87,364 Points Terry Craddock (4/30/2015 9:31:00 PM)

    I cannot believe this poem is rated so low, from the wonderful first lines

    Bells in the town alight with spring
    converse, with a concordance of new airs
    make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.

    To beautiful content lines like 'Bird feels the enchantment of his wing' and 'warble the praise of Time, for he can bring' to the final stanza which speaks volume with

    All evil men intent on evil thing
    falter, for in their cold unready ears
    bells in the town alight with spring
    make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.

    This is a call to honour nature and spring, to refrain from evil and war, this poem is worthy of being read between the lines.10+++ (Report) Reply

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Poems About Villanelle

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  13. 13. Villanelle , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  14. 14. Villanelle At Sundown , Donald Justice
  15. 15. Villanelle Of Sunset , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  16. 16. Villanelle For An Anniversary , Seamus Heaney
  17. 17. Villanelle Of Marguerite's , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  18. 18. Villanelle Of His Lady’s Treasures , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  19. 19. Villanelle Of Acheron , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  20. 20. Villanelle , William Ernest Henley
  21. 21. Villanelle , William Empson
  22. 22. Villanelle , Andrew Lang
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  24. 24. Villanelle , Tom Billsborough
  25. 25. Villanelle , Victor James Daley
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  32. 32. Villanelle On A Proverb , William F Dougherty
  33. 33. Villanelle , Joachim du Bellay
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  42. 42. Ginger Cat (Villanelle) , Milica Franchi De Luri
  43. 43. Villanelle Of The Temptress , James Joyce
  44. 44. Whippomorpha (Villanelle) , Diane Hine
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  46. 46. Denouement Villanelle , Sylvia Plath
  47. 47. On A Sunny Summer Sunday (Villanelle) , Gert Strydom
  48. 48. Eviction Of A Farmer (Villanelle) , David Wood
  49. 49. The Light's In My Head - Villanelle , Patti Masterman
  50. 50. Old Wes 6: Writing A Villanelle , Kim Barney
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