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“Queen Mab” by P.B. Shelley

“Queen Mab” by P.B. Shelley ‘Queen Mab’, a book-length poem in nine parts, was written and privately distributed by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) in 1813. It was the poet’s first work of genuine literary merit. His decision to make it available to a select circle suggests the type of audience he wanted to address: the …

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Love that dare …

Love that dare not speak its name (Previously published in The Island/Sri Lanka) When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste; Then can I drown an eye (unused …

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Where all that’s best dark and bright meet

Where all that’s best of dark and bright meet (Published before in The Island/Sri Lanka) She Walks in Beauty She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven …

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Meeting at Night by Robert Browning

Meeting at Night by Robert Browning (1812-1889) (This essay was published in The Island/Sri Lanka on 10.02.2012 under a different title) The grey sea and the long black land; And the yellow half-moon large and low; And the startled little waves that leap In fiery ringlets from their sleep, As I gain the cove with …

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Yeats ‘Among School Children’

Yeats ‘Among School Children’ (Published without the text of the poem in The Island/Sri Lanka/03.02.2012) I I walk through the long schoolroom questioning; A kind old nun in a white hood replies; The children learn to cipher and to sing, To study reading-books and histories, To cut and sew, be neat in everything In the …

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Literature and …

Literature and Life (Published in The Island/Sri Lanka/27 January 2012) Literature is so close to our life that many of us pay scant attention to it. Like certain familiar but vital things in life such as the air we breathe, it eludes our notice. Among the usual subjects on the school curriculum, it wouldn’t occupy …

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Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou (1978) Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, …

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THE MOWER by Andrew Motion

The Mower by Andrew Motion (1952-) With storm-light in the east but no rain yet I came in from mowing my square of lawn and paused in the doorway to glance around at my handiwork and the feckless apple blossom blurring those trim stripes and Hovver-sweeps I had meant to last. What I saw instead …

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THE BRAHMAN, THE THIEF, AND THE GHOST

The Brahman, the Thief, and the Ghost There was once a poor Brahman in a certain place. He lived on presents, and always did without such luxuries as fine clothes and ointments and perfumes and garlands and gems and betel-gum. His beard and his nails were long, and so was the hair that covered his …

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The Wild Swans at Coole by W.B. Yeats

The Wild Swans at Coole – W.B. Yeats THE trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty Swans. The nineteenth autumn has come upon me Since I first made my count; I saw, …

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