Friday, August 18, 2006

A Little Poetry for You (W.H. Auden)

It's Poetry Friday! From W.H. Auden, a poem entitled "Stop all the Clocks." Another one you may remember from a movie -- read at the funeral scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral. It's incredibly sad, and with a perfect use of the perfect words.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

Go here for the rest of the poem. It's worth it.

1 comment:

Robin said...

I love this one!