Robert Bridges
poet laureate in 1913
Robert Bridges was born in 1844 and educated at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. After traveling extensively, he studied medicine in London and practiced until 1882. Most of his poems, like his occasional plays, are classical in tone as well as treatment. He was appointed poet laureate in 1913, following Alfred Austin. His command of the secrets of rhythm and a subtle versification give his lines a firm delicacy and beauty of pattern.

While Yet We Wait for Spring, and from the Dry by Robert Bridges

While yet we wait for spring, and from the dry
And blackening east that so embitters March,
Well-housed must watch grey fields and meadows parch,
And driven dust and withering snowflake fly;
Already in glimpses of the tarnish'd sky
The sun is warm and beckons to the larch,
And where the covert hazels interarch
Their tassell'd twigs, fair beds of primrose lie.
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming;
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid,
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of spring.

Draft for the poem Harry Ploughman
September 1887
with notations by Robert Bridges, poet laureate 1913

photo by Lee Cantelon

further reading concerning Gerard Manley Hopkins

1) To Michael O'Dwyer's lecture delivered at the 16th Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer School held at the National Univeristy of Ireland

2) From the Journals of Gerard Manley Hopkins

3) That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire, and the Comfort of the Resurrection

4) God's Grandeur

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