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Poetry is like subliminal abstractions...those ponderous thoughts that tumble in randomless order from our hearts and souls. Poetry, like painting, depicts the universe in all its beauty. Recently, I wrote a blog on poetry and in my haste because the library was about to close, I left out some lines from the poem of Francis Thompson called "The Hound of Heaven,". Here is an excerpt from that beautiful poem: "The Hound of Heaven," by Francis Thompson I fled Him down the nights and down the days, I fled Him down the arches of the years, I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind, and in a mist of tears I hid from Him, from those strong feet that followed, followed after with unhurrying haste and unperturbed pace. And under running water I hid from Him, and shot precipitated adown titanic glooms of chasmed fear... This poem is about man's love, honor and fear of God. It is a very long poem. If you are interested in seeing all of it, look at a book of English poetry or American poetry. I am not sure of its origins, other than that I believe it to be really beautiful. Another poet who was magnificent was Edgar Allen Poe. He wrote a beautiful poem as a tribute to his very young wife who died at an early age from tuberculosis. The poem is called "Anna Belle Lee." This is an excerpt from it: It was many and many a year ago in a Kingdom by the sea There lived a maiden whom you may know by the name of Anna Belle Lee and she lived with no other thought than to love and be loved by me Another of Edgar Allen Poe's poems was "The Raven," which is believed to have been also written to his long lost wife. It is filled with melancholy and regret: This is an excerpt from it: Once upon a midnight dreary While I pondered weak and weary Over many a forgotten lore Suddenly there came a rapping As if someone gently tapping Tapping on my chamber door Only this and nothing more.... One of the most magical poems Edgar Allen Poe wrote was "The Bells." For anyone who loves lilting, wonderful poetry, look at the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Have a wonderful summer! Geraldine Nathan

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