Rupert John Cornford

Rupert John Cornford

England - literary period: Modern
Rupert John Cornford
England - literary period: Modern
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Rupert John Cornford (27 December 1915 – 28 December 1936) was an English poet and communist. He was the son of F. M. Cornford and Frances Cornford, and was through his mother a great-grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin.

He was born in Cambridge, and named after Rupert Brooke, who was a friend of his parents, but preferred to use his secon ...

Rupert John Cornford Poems

1.
[to Margot Heinemann]

Heart of the heartless world,
Dear heart, the thought of you
Is the pain at my side,
The shadow that chills my view.
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2.
Full Moon At Tierz: Before The Storming Of Huesca

The past, a glacier, gripped the mountain wall,
And time was inches, dark was all.
But here it scales the end of the range,
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3.
Sergei Mironovitch Kirov

Nothing is ever certain, nothing is ever safe,
To-day is overturning yesterday's settled good.
Everything dying keeps a hungry grip on life.
Nothing is ever born without screaming and blood.
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4.
A Letter From Aragon

This is a quiet sector of a quiet front.

We buried Ruiz in a new pine coffin,
But the shroud was too small and his washed feet stuck out.
The stink of his corpse came through the clean pine boards
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