Friday, 29 February 2008

3 shorts from T E Hulme

Thomas Ernest Hulme's 'Complete Poetical Works' was published by Ezra Pound, whose work Hulme influenced. '...Works' appeared in 1912 as an addendum to Pound's 'Ripostes' and consisted of only 5 short poems. T E Hulme was yet another victim of the so-called 'war to end all wars'. He was killed in Belgium in 1917. Here are 3 of his poems.

The Embankment

Once, in finesse of fiddles found I ecstasy,
In a flash of gold heels on the hard pavement.
Now see I
That warmth's the very stuff of poesy.
Oh, God, make small
The old star-eaten blanket of the sky,
That I may fold it round me and in comfort lie.


A touch of cold in the Autumn night -
I walked abroad
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

Above the Dock

Above the quiet dock in midnight
Tangled in the tall mast's corded height
Hangs the moon. What seemed so far away
Is but a child's balloon forgotten after play.

T E Hulme (1883 - 1917)

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