Index to Poems

The following lists the poems (indexed by poet) set out and discussed in the various Periodic Poetry posts.

Unless noted in the posts, the translations of poems into English are by DK Fennell as are the biographical notes and other comments.

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

“The Fish” in Closely contemplating living food

Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

“Limites” in Borges contemplates the limits of what we are allotted

Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612-1672)

“Before the Birth of One of Her Children”

Witter Bynner (1881-1968)

“Passing Near”

Catullus (ca. 84-54 B.C.E.)

“Carmen 77” in Don’t Bank on Friends

René Char (1907-1988)

“Le marteau sans maître” in Pierre Boulez, RIP

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

“My Grandmother’s Love Letters” and “Forgetfulness” in Memory and Forgetting in Hart Crane

Stephen Crane (1874–1900)

“’Truth,’ said a traveller” in Truth is … a breath

Dante Alighieri (ca. 1265–1321)

from Canto XXII of Paridiso in “This Globe So Base”

Ervin Drake (1919-2015) (Irene Higginbotham and Dan Fisher)

Good Morning Heartache

Alan Dugan (1923–2003)

“Prayer” in Work

Ferdinand Earle (1878–1951)

“And Man is Flesh and Mind and Spirit” in Edna St. Vincent Millay (Part I)

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

“Hysteria” in T.S. Eliot retreats into a constructed persona

“A  Lyric” (or “Song”) in T.S. Eliot’s innate lyricism

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1888)

“Fate” (or “Destiny”), “Prayer” and “Compensation” in Ralph Waldo Emerson undermines Puritanism with Nature

Jessie Fauset (1882-1961)

“‘Courage!’ He Said,” “Rondeau,” “Oriflamme,” “Rencontre,” “Rain Fugue,” “Stars in Alabama” in Jessie Fauset tells how to face despair

Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945)

Sonnet: “There are strange shadows fostered of the moon” in Edna St. Vincent Millay (Part I)

See also poems written pseudonymously under Anne Knish, below

Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939)

“The Starling” and “To All the Dead” in Ford Madox Ford and High Germany

Federico García Lorca (1898–1936)

“Canción otoñal” in Federico García Lorca first finds his voice in “Canción otoñal” (Autumn Song)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 –1832)

“Lines on Seeing Schiller’s Skull” in Schiller’s politics and his skull

Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)

Die Heimkehr XX


Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929)

“Terzinen Über Verganglichkeit” in The Ephemeral with Hugo von Hofmannsthal in Fin de Siècle Vienna

Christian Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau (1616-1679)

“Vergänglichkeit der Schönheit” in On Beauty’s Transience with Freud, Goethe and Especially Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau

Frank Horne (1899-1974)

“Letters Found Near a Suicide,” “More ‘Letters Found Near a Suicide,'” and “Arabesque” in Frank Horne examines memory and despair

Horace (65–8 B.C.E.)

“Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefa” (Carminum 11, Liber I) in Horace advises against fearing the future

Richard Hugo (1923–1982)

“Degrees Of Gray In Philipsburg” in Schutmaat’s “Grays the Mountain Sends”

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)

“Llama de amor viva” (Oh, white hot flame of passion) in The incorrupt and esoteric passion of John of the Cross

El Comendador Juan Escrivá (fl. 1511-1514)


“Anne Knish” [Arthur Davison Ficke]

Opus 750 in Edna St. Vincent Millay (Part I)

Opus 380 in Edna St. Vincent Millay (Part I)

Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010)

“I am an Artist for Art’s Sake” in A Beat Poet’s Manifesto

Dilys Laing (1906-1960)

“That Time of Year,” “Afternoon of a Forethinker,” and “Forgive Me” in This November Reminds Me of Laing

D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)

“Hymn to Priapus” in A Valentine to Eternal Love

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

“Christmas Bells” in Longfellow’s melancholy Christmas of 1863

Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

Ch’ang Kan (Li T’ai Po) in Pound finds the Modern in the Exotic

Lope de Vega (1562-1635)

Soneto I in Lope de Vega describes the birth pangs of his love songs

Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898)

Tristesse d’été

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

“The Garden” and “Bermudas” in Andrew Marvell finds Fair Quiet in “The Garden”

Olga Elena Mattei (1933-    )

“Violencia” in Olga Elena Mattei meditates on peace and violence in Colombia

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

“Gettysburg–July 1963” in Two Anniversaries of “Our Holy Cause”

“The Coming Storm” and “The Portent” in Art and the First Modern Total War

John Milton (1608–1674)

Sonnet 18 [XV] in Milton, Vengeance and the Relative Logic of Absolute Truths

Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957)

“Death Sonnets” in Chile’s Mother Buries Her Lover

Harold Monro (1879–1932)

“Midnight Lamentations” in A Valentine to Eternal Love

Marianne Moore (1887–1972)

“Poetry” in “… we do not admire what we cannot understand”

Howard Nemerov (1920–1991)

“On the Threshold of his Greatness, The Poet Comes Down with a Sore Throat” in A Post-Modern Tribute to T.S. Eliot

Michael Ondaatje (1943–  )

“To a Sad Daughter” in Gentle advice to a familiar stranger said only to oneself

Mary Oliver (1935–  )

When Death Comes

Frederik Paludan-Müller (1809-1876)

[Sonnet] from Adam Homo

Nora Perry (1831-1896)

“Summer’s Decay” in What outlasts summer’s decay

Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935)

“Num dia excessivamente nítido” [On a terribly clear day], “Se recordo quem fui, outram me vejo” [Recalling who I was, I see somebody else], “Apontamento” [Note] and “Isto” [This] in The Heteronymous Disquietude of Fernando Pessoa’s Dreamworld

Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374)

“Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono” (To the Reader) in Petrarch’s Remorse for his Obsessive Passion

Stephen Phillips (1864–1915)

“A Dream” in A Valentine to Eternal Love

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” in Pound finds the Modern in the Exotic

“Ask not Ungainly” (translation of Horace, Ode I:11) in Horace on not fearing the future

“Ancient Music” in Anthem for our coming winter

Sextus Propertius (? ca. 50 B.C.E.–before 1 B.C.E.)

Elegy II:xii in Why Love is a Little Boy (as explained by Propertius)

Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998)

“Bread, Hashish and Moon” in Qabbani locates the source of retrograde forces

Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960)

“Tard dans la nuit . . .” (Late at Night) in Pierre Reverdy’s New Year Thoughts

Rainer Maria Rilke (1975–1926)

“[Almond Trees Inflorescent]” in The secret of the flower

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

“Rousseau” in Schiller’s politics and his skull (which also includes” Zeus zu Herkules”)

Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001)

From “Other Songs” in Three Songs from Senegal

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

The Triumph of Time

Edward Taylor (1642-1729)

“Meditation 8” in Kenning through Astronomy Divine: Edward Taylor and Sacramental Mystery

Aurelian Townshend (ca. 1583-ca. 1649)

“A Dialogue betwixt Time and a Pilgrime” in Townshend’s “metaphysical” poem rescues him from obscurity, as are the following:
“On his hearing her Majesty sing”
“To the Countesse of Salisbury” and
Untitled (“Let thy beauty not make thee proud …”)

Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)

Concionero No. 41 in Unamuno’s mind full of doubts in the soul of a believer

Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

“Bardic Symbols” in The Atlantic Launches a Bohemian’s Career

“Year of Meteors” in Art and the First Modern Total War

From “A Song of Joys” in Whitman’s Joy

“I Set and Look Out” in Whitman diagnoses our malady

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

“Ein’ Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott” in James Greenleaf Whittier and recasting anew the nation

“Calef in Boston. 1692” (Original 1849 version) in A Bewitching of Christmas Past (VII)

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

England, 1802

Thomas Wyatt (1503–1542)

“I am as I am” in Renaissance Humanism comes to English letters

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

A Deep-Sworn Vow

“He Wishes his Beloved were Dead,” “The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water” and “Words” in Three by Yeats

 Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933–2017)

Why Are You Like This?


  1. I came across your blog looking up Lorca’s ‘Autumn Song’. Great writing. Even though I found it late, hope you’re still wrestling with words in your own way, or at least returning to them when you’re ready. Best.

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