Friday, August 7, 2009

Dorothy Sayers' 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.

From here.

Related reading: Dorothy Sayers' The Lost Tools of Learning; Response to Sayer's Lost Tools of Learning; More on Sayers and Classical Education

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