Friday, January 2, 2009

Today's poem - Good Hours by Robert Frost

Good Hours
by Robert Frost

I had for my winter evening walk -
No one at all with whom to talk,
But I had the cottages in a row
Up to their shining eyes in snow.

And I thought I had the folk within:
I had the sound of a violin;
I had a glimpse through curtain laces
Of youthful forms and youthful faces.

I had such company outward bound.
I went till there were no cottages found.
I turned and repented, but coming back
I saw no window but that was black.

Over the snow my creaking feet
Disturbed the slumbering village street
Like profanation, by your leave,
At ten o'clock of a winter eve.

11 comments:

  1. Perfect.
    Was it Robert Frost who also wrote a lovely poem that ended 'but I have miles to go before I sleep'. I seem to remember this from my schooldays.

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Beautiful poem...
    I could picture him walking in the cold snow looking at the cottages with his peaceful thoughts.

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  3. He is indeed, and though that may be his most famous, there are loads more I like even better. If you type his name into my blog search, you'll see some others. And the same to you, Elaine.

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  4. You cannot read Frost and not feel better. Thanks, Nan.

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  5. Kay, it's one of my favorite things to walk by a house with the lights on and imagine the lives being lived inside.
    Karin, it's true, and he did not have an easy, happy life. There was much sorrow.

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  6. How did I ever miss this one? I thought I had read all of Frost's poems! Maybe I read it in the summer, when it was harder to think about the sonw.

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  7. Joyce, I'm always finding new-to-me ones. And I find something new in the familiar ones.

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  8. His poetry is simply wonderful, isn't it, Les?!

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  9. Thank you for putting this poem in your delightful blog. I had not read it in ages--it is rarely anthologized or reprinted--so I am all the more grateful that you've included it.

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  10. sunt lacrimae rerum, I'm so very pleased you liked it.

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