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Selected Poems

William Morris

Edited by Peter Faulkner

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Categories: 19th Century
Imprint: Fyfield Books
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Mar 1997)
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  • `If a chap can't compose an epic poem while he's weaving tapestry he had better shut up.'
    William Morris (1834-1896) was a brilliant designer, a political thinker, and one of the most popular poets of his day. While his designs are still prized, his poetry has fallen into neglect. This selection, the only one currently available, contains the best of his short poems, ranging from dramatic narratives with medieval settings to romantic lyrics to `Chants for Socialists'. His verse is crafted and robust, something to be enjoyed like other well-made objects; vivid and durable, it is at the heart of his creative vision.

    Peter Faulkner
    teaches in the School of English and American Studies at the University of Exeter. He has written several books about Morris and is editor of the William Morris Society Journal.
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    Suggested Reading

    From The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858)

                The Defence of Guenevere

                King Arthur's Tomb

                Near Avalon

                The Haystack in the Floods

                Concerning Geffray Teste Noire

                The Judgment of God

                Golden Wings

                The Wind

                The Blue Closet

                The Tune of Seven Towers

                Praise of My Lady

    From The Life and Death of Jason (1867)

    From The Earthly Paradise (1868-70)














                Song from 'The Love of Alcestis'

    Song from 'Ogier the Dane'


      Poems of the 'Earthly Paradise' time

                Hapless Love

                Written in a copy of The Earthly Paradise, Dec.25,1870

                Sad-eyed and Soft and Grey

                Rhyme Slayeth Shame

                May Grown a-Cold

                As this Thin Thread

                Fair Weather and Foul

                Why Dost Thou Struggle

                Our Hands Have Met

                O Far Away to Seek

    From Love is Enough (1872)

    From Poems by the Way (1891)

                Love Fulfilled

                Thunder in the Garden

                To the Muse of the North

                Iceland First Seen

                Gunnar's Howe above the House at Lithend

                The Message of the March Wind

                Mother and Son

                The Voice of Toil

                All for the Cause

                A Death Song



                The Woodpecker

                The Lion

                Mine and Thine

                The Folk-Mote by the River

                For the Bed at Kelmscott

    The William Morris Society

    William Morris
    William Morris was born in 1834. He was a brilliant designer and political thinker, as well as one of the most popular poets of his day. He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and was strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphelites, especially Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 1861 he became a founding ... read more
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