180th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 180th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Gerard Manley Hopkins:

The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less

The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less;  
The times are winter, watch, a world undone:  
They waste, they wither worse; they as they run  
Or bring more or more blazon man's distress.  
And I not help. Nor word now of success:       
All is from wreck, here, there, to rescue one—  
Work which to see scarce so much as begun  
Makes welcome death, does dear forgetfulness.  
Or what is else? There is your world within.  
There rid the dragons, root out there the sin.   
Your will is law in that small commonweal...

What do you think?


  1. I’d have to spend much more time with this one, but on a first reading, I really like these lines:

    “Or what is else? There is your world within.
    There rid the dragons, root out there the sin.”
    Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — December 17

  2. First, thank you for picking probably my favourite poet from this period, Windhover is one of my all time top poems & I like this one particularly the opening lines, as per usual I’ll return the blessing with another favourite

    I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
    What hours, O what black hours we have spent
    This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went!
    And more must, in yet longer light’s delay.
    With witness I speak this. But where I say
    Hours I mean years, mean life. And my lament
    Is cries countless, cries like dead letters sent
    To dearest him that lives alas! away.

    I am gall, I am heartbroken God’s most deep decree
    Bitter would have me taste: my taste was me;
    Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed the curse.
    Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough sours. I see
    The lost are like this, and their scourge to be
    As I am mine, their sweating selves; but worse.

    fantastic poetry & the sheer delight of sprung rhythm makes Hopkins a wonderful poet, although I occasionally wonder if he was a bit of an emo as a youth 😉