Enclosure – Collectively Written Poem "Sonnet"

The courage of the Dog no man denied James
Who had not heard the ghostly bugle blow Robert
Nor might suspicion turn its face aside – Laura
It was not far away, nor long ago. Norman
Though guilty of the very crime he tried Harry
(the angels looking down beheld his woe) James
He would not trust those gardens to provide, Robert
His greedy eye would no frank gift bestow. Laura
For when the hunger ended, greed began, Norman
He counted all his friends among the quick Harry
Crying out 'Desolation on this city!' James
For such has ever been the fate of man Robert
To prate of reason like a lunatic Laura
And shut his doors & windows out of pity. Norman
No words, only conjunctives & sequences changed.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding, Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Harry Kemp

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)
  • Robert

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. eds.
  • Norman Cameron

    Cameron, Norman
    Poet. Built Can Torrent in 1932-1933. W.G.; m. to Elfriede, then to Catherine Vandervelde; friend and contributor to LR and RG's work eds.
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Editors

    Editors of the Graves Diary Project.