Two Poems: (Numbers i and x in 'Strange Meetings.')

Harold Monro 1879 (Brussels) – 1932



I
If suddenly a clod of earth should rise,
And walk about, and breathe, and speak, and love,
How one would tremble, and in what surprise
Gasp: 'Can you move?'

I see men walking, and I always feel:
'Earth! How have you done this? What can you be?'
I can't learn how to know men, or conceal
How strange they are to me.

II
A flower is looking through the ground,
Blinking at the April weather;
Now a child has seen the flower:
Now they go and play together.

Now is seems the flower will speak,
And will call the child its brother --
But, oh strange forgetfulness! --
They don't recognize each other.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABXBX CDCD AXEEE XEBE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 604
Words 118
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 4, 5, 4

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Harold Edward Monro was a British poet, the proprietor of the Poetry Bookshop in London which helped many famous poets bring their work before the public. more…

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