Wednesday, May 23, 2007

In the Ending We Kindly Desire

In the ending we kindly desire,
The conclusion we humbly request,
Love be thwarted, Thou Bard, the Muse wills it-
Do believe me, it's all for the best.

For if in passion received you should flourish,
Or Thy affection find its return,
All my best, but where's our "Vita Nuova?"
Or our "Ode on a Graecian Urn?"

If Laura had been more obliging,
Our Petrarch, in elation undone,
Left unpolished his "Canzoniere;"
Such the prize we should lose, his being won.

Had Beatrice been more giving with Dante-
Ah, behold the delight that it mars!
Would he trade for her love that far greater,
"That Moveth the Sun and the Stars?"

Had Keats gotten farther with Fanny-
Had consumption not cancelled his breath,
Hyperion's author were tarnished, though by half
Less "In love with easeful death."

Their passions have all been diminished;
Yeats', I believe, is far Gonne;
Ianthe, Leonetta- where were they, but for
Their Patronage that ever lives on?


Biby Cletus said...

Cool blog, i just randomly surfed in, but it sure was worth my time, will be back

Deep Regards from the other side of the Moon

Biby Cletus

Justin said...

This was a good poem. I am planning on being in Moscow for Memorial Day weekend too.

Thomas Banks said...


Do appreciate it. Good to know people are reading.


Great to hear from you, man. If you want to get together, email me at It'd be great to have coffee.

Anonymous said...

Hey chief,

You should check out "Astrophil and Stella" by Sir Philip Sidney. These are good sonnets which deal with the same theme.

Jeff Moss said...

I found my list of mixed-up phrases in Russian and posted a translation/adaptation of some of them here. It's under "A Post That Will Not Be Funny at All Unless..."


Thomas Banks said...

Thanks, James-

Actually have read that sequence. And yes, enjoyed it very much.