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The Poetess Of Heptonstall

Alan S Jeeves 1951 (Lancashire)

This high, half-hidden, churchyard
Where coldness and rain find a home
And the nightfall is welcomed at twilight's end.

The lament of the deafened, defining the dusk,
And complecting its blanket, a chilled shielding shroud ~
A poet lies sleeping alone in her cot.

But verses are silently wrested away
Brilliantly noiseless not rhyming nor free:
And how the wind whistles here all about.

Then, strangely, disturbing the shadowless eve
A voice, a beseeching, may softly be heard.
O' Sylvia, Sylvia, why for art thou here?

About this poem

Poet Sylvia Plath reposes not too far from the authors home in West Yorkshire, England. The village of Heptostall is where she sleeps, the one time home of her husband, once Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Written in free verse tercets as he might have done

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