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Kalliope

Archive of poetry

Kalliope is a database containing old Danish poetry and associated biographical data. The goal is no less than to collect all of the older Danish poetry, but until then, Kalliope will contain a representative and still growing selection. Kalliope also contains poetry in English and other languages, but primarily as reference material to the Danish collection.
26-02-2012
The English version of Kalliope released today. Hvis du ser denne engelske side og ønsker den danske, skal du klikke for flaget nederst på siden.
Sonnet

 Like burnt-out torches by a sick man’s bed
    Gaunt cypress-trees stand round the sun-bleached stone;
    Here doth the little night-owl make her throne,
 And the slight lizard show his jewelled head.
 And, where the chaliced poppies flame to red,
    In the still chamber of yon pyramid
    Surely some Old-World Sphinx lurks darkly hid,
 Grim warder of this pleasaunce of the dead.
 
 Ah! sweet indeed to rest within the womb
    Of Earth, great mother of eternal sleep,
 But sweeter far for thee a restless tomb
    In the blue cavern of an echoing deep,
 Or where the tall ships founder in the gloom
    Against the rocks of some wave-shattered steep.
 
 
ROME.

 

Oscar Wilde
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