Vernon Scannell

Vernon Scannell Poems

1. The Terrible Abstractions 1/13/2018
2. They Did Not Expect This 1/13/2018
3. Where Shall We Go? 1/13/2018
4. Wife Killer 1/13/2018
5. Tightrope Walker 1/17/2018
6. My Three Hoboes 1/17/2018
7. Formal Problem 1/17/2018
8. An Old Lament Renewed 1/17/2018
9. Epithets of War—I: August 1914 1/17/2018
10. My Pen Has Ink Enough 1/17/2018
11. The Old Books 1/17/2018
12. Nettles 1/13/2018
13. Silver Wedding 1/13/2018
14. The Men Who Wear My Clothes 1/13/2018
15. The Telephone Number 1/17/2018
16. Killing Flies 1/17/2018
17. The Loving Game 9/8/2015
18. Schoolroom On A Wet Afternoon 1/13/2018
19. The Great War 1/17/2018
20. Wife Killer 1/13/2003
21. Makers And Creatures 1/13/2003
22. The Terrible Abstractions 1/13/2003
23. Juan In Middle Age 1/13/2003
24. Death In The Lounge Bar 1/13/2003
25. Where Shall We Go? 1/13/2003
26. Lesson In Grammar 1/13/2003
27. Silver Wedding 1/13/2003
28. The Men Who Wear My Clothes 1/13/2003
29. A City Remembered 1/13/2003
30. They Did Not Expect This 1/13/2003
31. Ageing Schoolmaster 1/13/2003
32. Incendiary 1/13/2003
33. Schoolroom On A Wet Afternoon 1/13/2003
34. A Case Of Murder 1/13/2003
35. Nettles 1/13/2003

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  • SAY NO TO PPL WHO WAFFLE TOO MUCH (10/11/2019 1:03:00 PM)

    Great poems especially nettles

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  • Theta (4/9/2019 3:44:00 PM)

    What a brilliant collection of poems he says it as it is. Larkin wrote poetry should be “true an beautiful” scallion achieves beauty through simple truths put in most economical manner possible. This is the real world something one rarely sees in poetry.

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  • guccigirl2019 (3/28/2019 12:20:00 PM)

    Im learning this poem a poem called nettles by Vernon scannel and is soooooooooo amazing

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  • newcomer (3/5/2019 9:05:00 AM)

    I just read 'Silver Wedding' and it is exceptionally sad, yet true.

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  • literacy lover (2/5/2019 10:14:00 AM)

    nettles- the moral of the poem is that he cannot protect his son forever, the nettles will always grow back.

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  • literacy lover (2/5/2019 10:10:00 AM)

    nettles is my favourite poem

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Best Poem of Vernon Scannell


My son aged three fell in the nettle bed.
'Bed' seemed a curious name for those green spears,
That regiment of spite behind the shed:
It was no place for rest. With sobs and tears
The boy came seeking comfort and I saw
White blisters beaded on his tender skin.
We soothed him till his pain was not so raw.
At last he offered us a watery grin,
And then I took my billhook, honed the blade
And went outside and slashed in fury with it
Till not a nettle in that fierce parade
Stood upright any more. And then I lit
A funeral pyre to burn the fallen dead,
But in ...

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They Did Not Expect This

They did not expect this. Being neither wise nor brave
And wearing only the beauty of youth's season
They took the first turning quite unquestioningly
And walked quickly without looking back even once.

It was of course the wrong turning. First they were nagged
By a small wind that tugged at their clothing like a dog;
Then the rain began and there was no shelter anywhere,
Only the street and the rows of houses stern as soldiers.

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