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Poems

This page contains Edmund Blunden poems requested by visitors to the website. We are very interested to know what people think about his poems; please feel free to contact us with any observations.

If you would like to request a poem for this section please email us.

Bruce Miller from Connecticut, USA requested the poem 'Sheepbells', saying "I would like to request the deceptively simple poem Sheepbells. The 'chance music' of the bells goes well as a background to the tuneless wanderings of the woodlark's song."

The poem was first published in The Waggoner 1920 although it was written in 1916, possibly before edmund went to the Front.



Sheepbells

MOONSWEET the summer evening steals
Upon the babbling day;
Mournfully, most mournfully
Light dies away.
There the yew, the solitary,
Vaults a deeper melancholy,
As from distant dells
Chance music wells
From the browsing-bells.
Thus they dingle, thus they chime,
While the woodlark's dimpling rings
In the dim air climb;
In the dim and dewy loneness,
Where the woodlark sings.

Edmund Blunden, 1916.