Monday, 14 February 2011

Poetic Ponders (1)

I would like to thank the awesome Sara for this beautiful button.

During this year studying English Literature and Creative Writing, I’ve developed a new appreciation for poetry. With this in mind, I thought that I’d start a new weekly feature on So Many Books, So Little Time in which I share with you my favourite poems. They may be ones I discover on my course or ones I’ve loved for a long time.

Hopefully some of you will join me in sharing some awesome poems and let me know in the comments if you like my new feature and/or would like to take part yourself.

Love After Love – Derek Walcott (1990)

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

I studied this poem briefly at GCSE and fell in love with it and its meaning. Hope you enjoyed it!



  1. My favorite is Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. :-)

  2. What a fun new feature :) I don't read much poetry at all, but Nothing Gold Can Stay will forever be in my heart after I read it in The Outsiders as a teenager.

  3. What an awesome feature! I will try to take part myself, but I don't know too many poems.

    What a great poem! Since you studied it, is it about learning to love yourself again after a break up? Or have I missed the point completely?


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