English poets to know and love.


1688 - 1744

Alexander Pope, the great Georgian poet and wit, was also a translator of Homer.

Opening lines from Homer’s Iliad

The wrath of Peleus' son, the direful spring

A Georgian wit attempts to render the epic of ancient Greece


1564 - 1616

Troilus and Cressida, Act III Scene 3

Shakespeare eavesdrops on Odysseus and Achilles

I do believe it, for they pass'd by me

Ulysses suggests that celebrities cannot rest on their laurels.


1809 - 1892

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is a classic example of a relatively modern writer who was strongly influenced by his deep knowledge and love of Latin poetry.

To Virgil

Roman Virgil, thou that singest

Tennyson's tribute to Virgil


Twentieth century English poet writing in traditional forms.

San Lorenzo

Across the way see San Lorenzo stand

J de S Westbrook on hidden beauties.

Menelaus reflects

The Queen and I meet almost every day

Menelaus takes stock

Westbrook jokes about the novel

Emma Woodhouse was no retiring mouse

Tenbury Wells

Westbrook on love and family.

Waldlied (Forest Song)

Arm in Arm und Kron' an Krone steht der Eichenwald verschlungen,

A fine Swiss poet uses ancient myth.

Der Schwan (The Swan)

Diese Mühsal, durch noch Ungetanes

Rilke sees a metaphor for life and death in the swan on land and on water.

Chanson de Printemps

Les souffles flottant dans les bois en fleurs

A love poem by Marcel Proust

Seven billion and one

Seven billion and one, or give or take

Westbrook on population growth

Strangers in the night

What is that strange spot beneath my arm?

Insomnia and memories of Troy