Clockwork Angel and Poetry: Part 4

We’re getting through it! Here’s part 4 of my compilation of poetry quoted in Clockwork Angel.

Laus Veneris by Algernon Charles Swinburne – This is another long poem, but if you’re into romantic, beautifully-written verse, you should probably have a read.

I dare not always touch her, lest the kiss

Leave my lips charred. Yea, Lord, a little bliss,

Brief bitter bliss, one hath for a great sin;

Nathless thou knowest how sweet a thing it is.

Maxims by Francois La Rochefoucauld – Apart from being the proprietor of a fantastic name, Francois is also the writer of a book of philosophical maxims. I really like this one!

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.

The River’s Tale by Rudyard Kipling – I’m confused as to how I’ve managed to write over 100 posts about literature and NOT mention this man yet. Doesn’t this little excerpt make you want to read more?

Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew

Wanted to know what the River knew,

For they were young and the Thames was old,

And this is the tale that the River told

The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde – Wilde was imprisoned in Reading Gaol for ‘homosexual offenses’. It’s thought that this poem was written during his exile.

Like two doomed ships that pass in storm
We had crossed each other’s way:
But we made no sign, we said no word,
We had no word to say

Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Believe it or not, there is more to this play than an over-quoted line spoken at a skull. Shocking, I know.

There are more things in heaven and earth…

Than are dreamt of in our philosophy.

Part 4 is done! As always, I love to hear what you think of the poems.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.



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