Places And Men

In Sussex here, by shingle and by sand,
Flat fields and farmsteads in their wind-blown trees,
The shallow tide-wave courses to the land,
And all along the down a fringe one sees
Of ducal woods. That 'dim discovered spire'
Is Chichester, where Collins felt a fire
Touch his sad lips; thatched Felpham roofs are these,
Where happy Blake found heaven more close at hand.

Goodwood and Arundel possess their lords,
Successive in the towers and groves, which stay;
These two poor men, by some right of their own,
Possessed the earth and sea, the sun and moon,
The inner sweet of life; and put in words
A personal force that doth not pass away.

by William Allingham

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Nicely written sonnet With good rhyme and rhythm. Sylva
The inner sweet of life; and put in word A personal force that doth not pass away. I love these lines. Its a wonderful poem
'In Sussex here, by shingle and by sand, Flat fields and farmsteads in their wind-blown trees, The shallow tide-wave courses to the land, ' loved these lines, would have liked if the poem had continued with nature, without the lords but the deeper meaning was embedded with sentiment and dominant thoughts of the time :)
Do men shape their land or does the land shape the men? Goodwood and Arundel possess their lords, Successive in the towers and groves, which stay; These two poor men, by some right of their own, Possessed the earth and sea, the sun and moon, The inner sweet of life; and put in words A personal force that doth not pass away.
liked it... Thanks for sharing
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