For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in awe of the Romantic poets and their myriad offerings. In modern times, there’s been a resurgence of paganism in Britain, with any number of people claiming to be bards, but I’ve yet to encounter any pagan-themed poetry – as opposed to song lyrics – that has made me sit up and take notice, let alone made a lasting impression. There may well be some gifted composers of verse out there, following on from the tradition of the ancient British Druids, but if there are, I’m afraid I’ve yet to encounter them.
After posting this, it’s inevitable that I’ll either discover some gem for myself, or else someone will point me towards some notable, modern pagan verse, but in the meantime, I was delighted to have found the following:
The moon on the one hand, the dawn on the other:
The moon is my sister, the dawn is my brother.
The moon on my left and the dawn on my right.
My brother, good morning: my sister, good night.
Hilaire Belloc’s Early Morning.
Photo of Orpheus mosaic: “DSC00355 – Orfeo (epoca romana) – Foto G. Dall’Orto” by Foto di Giovanni Dall’Orto – Own work. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons –