Ralph Hodgson Poems
- The Bull See an old unhappy bull, Sick in soul and body ...
- The Bells Of Heaven 'Twould ring the bells of Heaven The ...
- The Gypsy Girl 'Come, try your skill, kind gentlemen, A ...
- A Song Of Honour I climbed a hill as light fell short, And...
- Stupidity Street I saw with open eyes Singing birds sweet ...
- A Wood Song Now one and all, you Roses, Wake up, you lie ...
- After "How fared you when you mortal were? What did you see...
Order of the Rising Sun (Japanese 旭日章),was an English poet, very popular in his lifetime on the strength of a small number of anthology pieces, such as The Bull. He was one of the more 'pastoral' of the Georgian poets. In 1954, he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
He seems to have covered his tracks in relation to much of his life; he was averse to publicity. This has led to claims that he was reticent. Far from that being the case, his friend Walter De La Mare found him an almost exhausting talker; but he made a point of personal privacy. He kept up a copious correspondence with other poets and literary figures, including those he met in his time... more »
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See an old unhappy bull,
Sick in soul and body both,
Slouching in the undergrowth
Of the forest beautiful,
Banished from the herd he led,
Bulls and cows a thousand head.
Cranes and gaudy parrots go
Up and down the burning sky;
Tree-top cats purr drowsily
In the dim-day green below;
And troops of monkeys, nutting, some,
All disputing, go and come;
And things abominable sit
Picking offal buck or swine,
On the mess and over it
Burnished flies and beetles shine,
And spiders big as bladders lie
Under hemlocks ten foot high;