Gardeners and Astronomers
The constant themes of the great poet, Birth, Death, Pity and Indignation, the unity of life, the re-birth that is brought by Spring, and the necessity for choice that informs all sentient life, are the core of this collection of poems by Dr. Edith Sitwell.
The poet's awareness of the atomic age into which mankind has emerged renders more poignant and moving her assurance of the spiritual pattern behind the material facades. She knows that: "... we live now in the age of the terrible Furies Changed into Butterflies, and of the Butterfly-weather, gilding the hopeless heart:" yet for her "Through the rough Ape-dust the gold fires of the spirit spring like the wild-beast fires upon the branches, The little and the great, The shadow of the crooked and the straight Complete each other."
"Pitee renneth soone in gentil herte" and Dr. Sitwell makes articulate the anguish of men that no assembly can legislate away.
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Agamemnon almond April rain ass’s bray azoic beast beggar beneath the earth Birth to Death blind blood blown branches bright brother budding burned butterflies changed Chthonian cities cold wind Cophetua corolla dark Day’s Dead Drift early spring emerald Erinyes fall fireflies fires of spring flower flute fruit-boughs Gardeners and Astronomers ghost giantess gilded dust glittering gold armour golden gone green heavens green worlds hair heat heavens Hell Heraclitus Hertz isle jacynth King kiss Laughter living lover Marigold Marsyas Medusa mists night night-wind nightingale Once orange-tree Pithecanthropus Erectus planetary system planets pyrope Pythagoras raindrop road from Birth road to Thebes Sailor Sappho saps rising seeds shines sighs smooth stem Song spark stars Stigmata stone tears tendrils Thebes from Athens three Furies Time’s tomb tree veins Verse vine-branches vines water-drops wave weep wild-beast fires WIND OF EARLY wind of spring winged wisdom world’s Worm yellow young