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Famous Speedwell Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Speedwell poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous speedwell poems. These examples illustrate what a famous speedwell poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Tebb, Barry
...ast week. Fond wishes. Jeremy..’



“So often, David, I still meet

Your benefactor from the time:

her speedwell-blue eyes, blue like yours,





with recollection, while we talk

through leaf-fall, with its mosaic

mottling the toad-spotted wet street.”



I looked at Heath-Stubbs’ face, his sightless eyes,

And in a second understood what Gascoyne meant

“Now the light of a prism has flashed like a bird down the dark-blue,

At the end of which mountains...Read More



by Smart, Christopher
...my reins. 

Let Shimshai rejoice with Stelis Missletoe on Fir. 

Let Joiarib rejoice with Veronica Fluellen or Speedwell. 

Let Tatnai rejoice with the Barbadoes Wild Olive. 

Let Ezra rejoice with the Reed. The Lord Jesus make musick of it. Good Friday 1761. 

Let Josiphiah rejoice with Tower-Mustard. God be gracious to Durham School. 

Let Shether-boznai rejoice with Turnera. End of Lent 1761. No. 5. 

Let Jozadak rejoice...Read More

by Olds, Sharon
...and down inside the engraved letters
the first dots of lichen were appearing
like stars in early evening.
I saw the speedwell on the ground with its horns,
the coiled ferns, copper-beech blossoms, each
petal like that disc of matter which
swayed, on the last day, on his tongue.
Tamarack, Western hemlock,
manzanita, water birch
with its scored bark,
I put my arms around a trunk and squeezed it,
then I lay down on my father's grave.
The sun shone down on me, the pow...Read More

by Wilde, Oscar
...eschal,
Tread on my heels with all his retinue,
I am most glad I loved thee - think of all
The suns that go to make one speedwell blue!...Read More

by Davies, William Henry
...Of either sun or shade, and both are green -- 
A Chaffinch laughs in his melodious voice.

The banks are stormed by Speedwell, that blue flower 
So like a little heaven with one star out; 
I see an amber lake of buttercups, 
And Hawthorn foams the hedges round about.

The old Oak tree looks now so green and young, 
That even swallows perch awhile and sing: 
This is that time of year, so sweet and warm, 
When bats wait not for stars ere they take wing.

As long as ...Read More



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