Sunset under Vitosha
FOR T.

THE song tries often to give the true relation
Between the human figure and the face of nature,
To find in the one the other's hidden features.
-- It sometimes seems to find an explanation.

But now in the sea-green air and the soft tight
It leaves aside your beauty and your kindness,
Its strangeness strikes down through habitual blindness,
Its unknown colours waken and excite.

A sudden absolute silence from the birds,
The sycamore become an orange fire
And every shadow turned to depths of blue:

How can this strangeness shape the whole desire
Into that other beauty which is you?

What does it mean? Where are its words?

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • I - Persons and Places 1
  • Nantucket 3
  • Guided Missiles Experimental Range 4
  • To a Girl Who Dreamt About a Poem 12
  • The Landing in Deucalion 13
  • Adriatic 14
  • A Woman Poet 16
  • The Death of Hart Crane 19
  • Anthéor 20
  • II - Arts and Contexts 23
  • Poem for Julian Symons 25
  • The Rokeby Venus 26
  • Significant Form 27
  • A Painting by Paul Klee 28
  • Dédée D'Anvers 29
  • A Level of Abstraction 30
  • Reading Poetry After a Quarrel 33
  • The Psychokinetic Experiments of Professor Rhine 34
  • Epistemology of Poetry 35
  • Mating Season 36
  • Humanities 37
  • Another Klee 38
  • 'Head of a Faun' by Salvator Rosa 39
  • A Problem 40
  • III - War and After 43
  • Possilipo: 1944 45
  • Love and War 46
  • Poem in 1944 47
  • Caserta 48
  • A Minor Front 49
  • Arion 51
  • On the Danube 52
  • Lament for a Landing Craft 54
  • IV - The Balkans 55
  • Sunset Under Vitosha - For T. 57
  • Near Sliven 58
  • Lamartine at Philippopolis 59
  • Pliska 60
  • Aegean 61
  • Messemvria at Noon 62
  • By Rail Through Istria 64
  • In the Rhodope 66
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