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30May

Poem of the week: Last Hope by Ben Wilkinson

This version of a sonnet by the French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine has a down-to-earth lyricism recalling Philip Larkin’s

Last Hope
After Verlaine

Bustled about in this sputtering breeze
the graveyard’s oak seems wild and free,
as if it weren’t crowded with heavy
stones or the millpond’s dying gleam.

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