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The Monday Poem > Written in the Church-Yard at Middleton in Sussex (June 5, 2017)

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Janessa | 638 comments Written in the Church-Yard at Middleton in Sussex
By Charlotte Smith

Press'd by the moon, mute arbitress of tides,
While the loud equinox its power combines,
The sea no more its swelling surge confines,
But o'er the shrinking land sublimely rides.
The wild blast, rising from Western cave,
Drives the huge billows from their heaving bed;
Tears from their grassy tombs the village dead,
And breaks the silent Sabbath of the grave!
With shells and sea-weed mingled, on the shore
Lo! their bones whiten in frequent waves;
But vain to them the winds and waters rave;
They hear the warring elements no more:
While I am doom'd - by life's long storm opprest,
To gaze with envy on their gloomy rest.


message 2: by Antonio (new)

Antonio Gallo (galloway) | 1794 comments I like this sonnet and its context ... http://wohlstadterj.faculty.mjc.edu/E...


message 3: by Joan (last edited Jun 07, 2017 07:30AM) (new)

Joan Janessa, powerful words and sobering, it seems especially fitting as we remember D-day. Though, I know the poet wrote this long before the two World Wars.


ANTONIO, thank you for the link, which helped me understand the poet's inspiration.


message 4: by Janessa (new)

Janessa | 638 comments I didn't even think of D-Day when I picked this poem. Does that make me a bad person?


message 5: by Joan (new)

Joan : )
I have a regular reminder about D-Day because June 6 is my wedding anniversary, as well.


message 6: by Gill (new)

Gill | 5720 comments Janessa wrote: "I didn't even think of D-Day when I picked this poem. Does that make me a bad person?"

I don't think so, Janessa!


message 7: by Gill (new)

Gill | 5720 comments I've just read that she transformed the sonnet into a vehicle of woeful sentiment. I'd certainly agree with the word 'woeful'!


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