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Alan Edward Roberts



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Location: Twickenham, London, UK

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mirror
(Exhibition of paintings by Edward Hopper)

In the light
dwells some magic diffusing of our dark,
their dark,
his dark,
all dark,
beauty found.

In blues and yellows and greens
ablaze.
In city-reds, rough, and
backwoods-yellows, dull,
on fire
with fire not seen
because unlooked for.
The still fire,
unseen or unregarded,
is aflame.

People are in pictures and
people look at pictures.
Isolated.
Mirror-upon-mirror,
with place-and-space reflecting
reality and dream.
Life, life-minus-life,
forever, ever. Amen.


(This poem was originally written about people and paintings, and of sharing a particular moment and space - but I think it might also have some applicability to the relationship between people and poems, and of sharing poetry as the spoken word)
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Alan Edward Roberts



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Doctor

Twenty-two years ago
I submitted my thesis for the degree
of Doctor of Philosophy.

All things are paradoxical,
contain and are contained within a paradox.
No thing is itself paradoxical,
its Self is its validation.

I honed my submission.
No need for the ten thousand words.
(No -
No need for the hundred thousand).
I would not endanger philosophy,
Not become a signatory
to the Order for the Destruction of
Wisdom.

I honed my submission.

I took up my graphite pencil.
I opened my virginal book.
In the centre of page one
I made my mark;
and then erased it.

Period.
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Alan Edward Roberts



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Location: Twickenham, London, UK

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awake!
(Ourselves to Know)

(Being a set of 22 lines –
the completion of a sonnet,
followed by a couplet,
followed by a complete sonnet –
found within the poem An Essay on Man,
composed by Alexander Pope (1688-1744))


All nature is but art, unknown to thee
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good:
And, spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite,
One truth is clear, whatever is is right.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is man.

Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic’s pride,
He hangs between; in doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused or disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world!

(Alan Edward Roberts (February 2019))
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ourselves to Know

(Being the concluding lines of Epistle 1 & opening lines of Epistle 2
from An Essay on Man, by Alexander Pope (1688-1744);
The title I have given is taken from from the final line of Epistle 4, the final section of the Essay)



All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body nature is, and God the soul;
That, changed through all, and yet in all the same;
Great in the earth, as in the ethereal frame;
Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees;
Lives through all life, extends through all extent;
Spreads undivided, operates unspent!
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part,
As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart;
As full, as perfect in vile man that mourns,
As the rapt seraph that adores and burns:
To him no high, no low, no great, no small;
He fills, He bounds, connects and equals all.

Cease then, nor order imperfection name:
Our proper bliss depends on what we blame.
Know thy own point: this kind, this due degree
Of blindness, weakness, Heaven bestows on thee.
Submit, in this, or any other sphere,
Secure to be as blessed as thou canst bear:
Safe in the hand of one Disposing Power,
Or in the natal, or the mortal hour.
All nature is but art, unknown to thee
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good:
And, spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite,
One truth is clear, whatever is is right.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of mankind is man.

Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic’s pride,
He hangs between; in doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused or disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world!

(Alan Edward Roberts (October 2018))
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