I Heard the Skylark Sing (Cento poem)

In my recent poetry course, I learnt of Cento poems which are poems constructed from the lines of other poems. A poetic collage.

I Heard the Skylark Sing

I heard the skylark sing
And thick with white bells the clover hill swells
The grey sea and the long black land
And a cool well for crystal water
Your hooves have stamped at the black margin of the wood
But seek no haven in my shadow


This poem was constructed from lines of the following poems, all credit to the original poets.

The grey sea and the long black land (Browning – Meeting at Night)

And a cool well for crystal water (Hardy – The Spell of the Rose)

Your hooves have stamped at the black margin of the wood (Yeats – On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac)

And thick with white bells the clover-hill swells (Tennyson – The Sea-Fairies)

I heard the sky-lark sing (Coleridge – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

But seek no haven in my shadow   (Angelou – On the Pulse of Morning)

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