April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’… Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.
“Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee
How sweet and fair she seems to be.
Tell her that’s young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.
Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.
Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!
Edmund Waller, like many other English poets of his day, was swept up in the political turmoil of the English Civil War. In the 1640s, he was arrested, nearly executed, and then banished from England for a number of years before he was able to safely return. Ideologically adaptable, Waller wrote poems praising both Cromwell and King Charles II.