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Poems and Prose

Shelly, the English poet, exposes the lust for war of our ruling elite

Percy Shelly, the early 19th century English poet, engaged in the sharpest of polemics in his anti-war poem. He showed the corruption, coldness and lust for war of the ruling elite.

Here is a 10 line extract from the 72 line poem. Continue reading 

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Extracts to live by.

These letters of the celebrated Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1825 – 1926), to a 19 year-old military student, named Franz Kappus encouraged the young man to pursue inner inqury, art, solitude and passion as a vehicle for inner transformation. Continue reading 

Darkness. A Poem by Lord Byron. Written in 1818. A poem for the foreboding we might sense.

In his own dark period, Lord Byron, the adventurous English romantic poet, wrote Darkness about the violence of men, war and the end of the world.

Byron left  England, travelled to Switzerland where he wrote the poem in 1818 with its despairing undertones about the state of humanity.  He spent  a nomadic and flamboyant life in continental Europe, especially in Mediterranean countries. He expressed his social/political concerns. He had a range of lovers both on the continent and in Britain. Continue reading