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Hawthorn and Lavender

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William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet, critic and editor. He was born at Gloucester and educated at the Crypt Grammar School. Henley was no classical scholar, but his knowledge and love of literature were vital. At the age of 12 Henley became a victim of tuberculosis of the bone. In spite of his affliction, in 1867 he successfully passed the Oxford local ex ...more
Paperback, 60 pages
Published August 17th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published August 1st 2007)
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Miriam
Feb 18, 2013 Miriam marked it as to-read
Shelves: poetry
A Villanelle about Villanelles! I'm a soft touch for such conceits.

A DAINTY thing's the Villanelle,
Sly, musical, a jewel in rhyme,
It serves its purpose passing well.

A double-clappered silver bell
That must be made to clink in chime,
A dainty thing's the Villanelle;

And if you wish to flute a spell,
Or ask a meeting 'neath the lime,
It serves its purpose passing well.

You must not ask of it the swell
Of organs grandiose and sublime--
A dainty thing's the Villanelle;

And, filled with sweetness, as a shell
I
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Elle
Jun 10, 2013 Elle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, poetry
I absolutely adore Henley and having read Invictus multiple times I thought I'd go for a shorter collection this time. Unfortunately the second and third parts of this short book are my least favourite works of Henley. It's his London series and his 'in memory' works for other famous people and his friends. While I don't necessarily dislike them, I much prefer his other work.
Shannon Blake
Aug 01, 2014 Shannon Blake rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, classics, england
'Hawthorn and Lavender' is, in my opinion the best poem of the collection, it is fairly long, but I really liked it

'Hawthorn and Lavender'- 5 stars
The other poems (on a rough average)- 3 stars

Average- 4 stars
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