Victoria Sackville-West Poems
- The Greater Cats The greater cats with golden eyes Stare out...
- And So It Ends And so it ends, We who were lovers may be ...
- Full Moon She was wearing the coral taffeta trousers Someone...
- Days I Enjoy Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens, ...
- Tuscany Cisterns and stones; the fig-tree in the wall Casts ...
- Moonlight What time the meanest brick and stone Take on a ...
- Evening When little lights in little ports come ...
English poet and novelist, born into an old aristocratic family, proprietors of Knole House in Kent. Vita Sackville-West wrote about the Kentish countryside and she was the chief model for Orlando in Virginia Woolf's novel of that same title from 1928. Sackville-West's best known poem, THE LAND, was awarded the Hawthorne Prize in 1927.
The country habit has me by the heart,
For he's bewitched for ever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision,
Flow down the woods and stipple leaves
('Winter' from The Land)
Victoria Mary Sackville-West was the only child of Lionel Edward, ... more »
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The Greater Cats
The greater cats with golden eyes
Stare out between the bars.
Deserts are there, and the different skies,
And night with different stars.
They prowl the aromatic hill,
And mate as fiercely as they kill,
To roam, to live, to drink their fill;
But this beyond their wit know I:
Man loves a little, and for long shall die.
Their kind across the desert range
Where tulips spring from stones,
Not knowing they will suffer change
Or vultures pick their bones.
Their strength's eternal in their sight,
They overtake the deer in flight,
And in their ...