Poems that pursue the horizon from past to present and poems created for NaPoWriMo 2017
|My thoughts by night are often filled
With visions false as fair:
For in the Past alone I build
My castles in the air.
I dwell not now on what may be;
Night shadows o'er the scene;
But still my fancy wanders free
Through that which might have been.
Thomas Love Peacock [1785-1866]
From: The Home Book of Verse by Burton Egbert Stevenson, 1917, pg. 435
This light, fanciful poem by Thomas Love Peacock , an English writer and poet, speaks to the dreamer in all of us, from child to adult. We all dream of building 'castles in the air'. Thomas Peacock was a contemporary of Percy Bysshe Shelly, with whom he maintained a long friendship. He married a preacher's daughter and settled in Wales. His writing career was long and prosperous, as he tried his hand at a variety of different writing and poetry formats. His biography here is quite impressive.
I chose this mainly because it made me feel hopeful and lighthearted and reminded me a little of my early days. Just a fun, easy imaginative read…!
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.~~Robert Frost