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Hawthorn and Lavender with Other Verses   By: (1849-1903)

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Hawthorn and Lavender with Other Verses by William Ernest Henley is a collection of poetry that showcases the depth and brilliance of the human experience. With its diverse themes and exceptional craftsmanship, this anthology is a testament to the author's mastery of the written word.

One of the notable aspects of this collection is Henley's ability to explore seemingly simple and ordinary moments, and imbue them with a sense of profound beauty and meaning. The poems range from contemplative musings on nature to emotional reflections on love and loss. Each piece is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, evoking vivid imagery and emotions that resonate with the reader.

The language employed in these verses is rich and eloquent, capturing the essence of each sentiment and situation. Henley's command over the written word is evident throughout the collection, as he effortlessly weaves together rhyme, rhythm, and metaphor. This mastery of poetic techniques adds an additional layer of depth to the poems, enhancing their impact on the reader.

Moreover, Henley's keen observation of the human condition is exceptional. The collection delves into the complexities of life, providing profound insights into themes such as the resilience of the human spirit, the fleeting nature of time, and the power of self-discovery. Through his verses, Henley invites readers to reflect on their own experiences and contemplate the deeper truths that bind us all.

In addition to its thematic breadth and linguistic beauty, the collection is also marked by its versatility. The poems range in length and style, ensuring there is something to engage every reader. Henley's ability to switch effortlessly between different subjects and forms demonstrates his creative adaptability and artistic range.

However, it is important to note that some of the pieces in Hawthorn and Lavender with Other Verses may require multiple readings to fully grasp their meaning. At times, Henley's intricate language and intricate metaphors may leave readers yearning for greater clarity. Nevertheless, this complexity also adds layers of depth that reward those willing to invest time and thought into understanding the poems.

Overall, Hawthorn and Lavender with Other Verses is a remarkable collection that showcases William Ernest Henley's literary prowess. With its timeless themes, eloquent language, and profound insights, this anthology will undoubtedly resonate with poetry lovers and captivate readers from all walks of life.

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With Other Verses , by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

O , how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of battering days ?


LONDON Published by DAVID NUTT at the Sign of the Phoenix IN LONG ACRE 1901

First Edition printed October 1901 Second Edition printed November 1901

Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, (late) Printers to Her Majesty


Ask me not how they came , These songs of love and death , These dreams of a futile stage , These thumb nails seen in the street : Ask me not how nor why , But take them for your own , Dear Wife of twenty years , Knowing O , who so well ? You it was made the man That made these songs of love , Death , and the trivial rest : So that , your love elsewhere , These songs , or bad or good How should they ever have been ?

WORTHING, July 31, 1901.


These to the glory and praise of the green land That bred my women, and that holds my dead, ENGLAND , and with her the strong broods that stand Wherever her fighting lines are thrust or spread! They call us proud? Look at our English Rose! Shedders of blood? Where hath our own been spared? Shopkeepers? Our accompt the high GOD knows. Close? In our bounty half the world hath shared... Continue reading book >>

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