A few months ago, friend of the blog, and, really, not exaggerating, poet of note, Phillip A. Ellis, sent me a few lines he had composed in honor of, or, well, however you want to read it, in reception of Coleridge’s famous Nightingale.
Let it serve to us as an introduction to the Nightingale poem, and a small cycle of articles that will deal with it.
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Poets have it incredibly difficult to get some real recognition in the indy scene. (You might remember that Phillip’s and my own correspondence was only established when I pirated a poem of his for this blog.)
So, let’s help him out. Not because I ask you to, but because his stuff is truly great! 🙂
“About the Nightingale (A Variation Thereof)”
The night as trope is infinitely stale
even when it constrains the nightingale
enchanting even Coleridge or a Wordsworth
whose need of the sweetest song has sought the Bird’s worth
within a melody as fair as this
delightful lightness that we find amiss,
O dream of night—that ever sings thus, so—,
their night is ever stale and stays below
the sort of poetry that we may swear
is ever sweetest, sacred here or there,
where thought of God and saviours seems to rot him
who seeks in vain to stand upon the bottom
of what is being’s abyss, such is the breed
who seek, within the nightingale indeed,
a sacred sign for Heavenly harmony
that justifies their greedful carmine.