LAST MORNING IN OXFORD
Dorothy L. Sayers
The great poets . . . . are not at the pains of devising careful endings. Thus, Homer ends with lines that might as well be in the middle of a passage." -- H. Belloc.
I do not think that very much was said
Of solemn requiem for the good years dead.
Like Homer, with no thunderous rhapsody,
I closed the volume of my Odyssey.
The thing that I remember most of all
Is the white hemlock by the garden wall.
June 23rd, 1915.
Related reading: Dorothy Sayers' The Lost Tools of Learning; Response to Sayer's Lost Tools of Learning; More on Sayers and Classical Education