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Constance Woodrow (1899-1937)

Defeat


              1Between the grey monotony of sky
              2     And darker grey monotony of sea
              3A solitary seagull passes by,
              4     Beating the air, and screaming plaintively.

              5And even so -- between grey yesterdays,
              6     Before your coming waked my dreaming heart,
              7And darker grey to-morrows, when our ways
              8     Must lie forever half a world apart --

              9I take my way on wings that feebly beat
            10     Against the adverse winds of circumstance,
            11My heart, rebellious at this last defeat,
            12     Screaming defiance at the gods of chance.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Constance Davies-Woodrow, The Captive Gypsy (Toronto: Balk-Preston, 1928): 30. PS 8545 O62C3 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1928
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/23

Rhyme: abab


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