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Welcome to my new series, Great Poets Read. I have a great collection of famous poets reading their poetry, so I thought I would share them with you!

Charles Osgood narrates an introduction to the poet in the first recording, then I include a recording from the poet, as well as the text to the poem. I hope you enjoy hearing masterful works of poetry coming to life as much as I do!

T.S. Eliot

ts eliot on justruminating men's blogIntroduction To T.S. Eliot by Charles Osgood

La Figlia Che Piange

La Figlia Che Piange

Stand on the highest pavement of the stair—	
Lean on a garden urn—	
Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair—	
Clasp your flowers to you with a pained surprise—	
Fling them to the ground and turn	     
With a fugitive resentment in your eyes:	
But weave, weave the sunlight in your hair.	
 
So I would have had him leave,	
So I would have had her stand and grieve,	
So he would have left	        
As the soul leaves the body torn and bruised,	
As the mind deserts the body it has used.	
I should find	
Some way incomparably light and deft,	
Some way we both should understand,	        
Simple and faithless as a smile and shake of the hand.	
 
She turned away, but with the autumn weather	
Compelled my imagination many days,	
Many days and many hours:	
Her hair over her arms and her arms full of flowers.
And I wonder how they should have been together!	
I should have lost a gesture and a pose.	
Sometimes these cogitations still amaze	
The troubled midnight and the noon’s repose.