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John Gould Fletcher
John Gould Fletcher

Theme:  Bad Times

John Gould Fletcher was a part of the Imagist Movement in the early part of the 20th Century, a group of poets influenced by the poetry of the Tang Era of ancient China (see special note:  The Wine Poems of China).  Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell were the major forces in this movement, both contributors to
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Chinese Poet Among Barbarians
John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950), American poet

The rain drives, drives endlessly,
Heavy threads of rain;
The wind beats at the shutters,
The surf drums on the shore;
Drunken telegraph poles lean sideways;
Dank summer cottages gloom hopelessly;
Bleak factory-chimneys are etched on the filmy distance,
Tepid with rain.
It seems I have lived for a hundred years
Among these things;
And it is useless for me now to make complaint against them.
For I know I shall never escape from this dull barbarian country,
Where there is none now left to lift a cool jade winecup,
Or share with me a single human thought.

from American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany (1922)

American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany (1922)

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