"Byron as Don Juan, with Haidee," by Alexandre Colin‘I Spent My Youth with Byron and the Bard’ and Other Poetry by Caleb Winebrenner The Society June 17, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Love Poems, Poetry 4 Comments I Spent My Youth with Byron and the Bard I spent my youth with Byron and the Bard, With Tennyson, the Brownings, and dear Keats— And full of passions, eager, trying hard To imitate their lofty, noble feats, I found it true: the human heart does pump In echo of the pure iambic line— And such a card as this I hope may trump The dealings of my early days, less fine. With practice, thoughtful minds may hope to pen A verse as artful, pleasant as ‘tis true; It may well be as yet beyond my ken To follow right those poets I once knew. Yet, sonnets in their form will still endure While verse gives life t’ affections known and pure. Another Kiss In memory, I still recall The last, the sweetest parting kiss; And if I understood at all The things not said, I’d be remiss If I denied to you, withal, The tender joy I found in this. So, tell me with another glance, A smile, a word, a breath, a blush, That I saw right—caught in the dance Of light and shadow and the rush— That it need not be left to chance, I’ll know again that tender hush. Caleb Winebrenner is a storyteller, poet, and educator whose mission in life is to guide our discovery of our lost humanity (including the traditions of humanities in the West). He holds a BA in Linguistics, an MA in Educational Theatre, and a certificate in Transformative Language Arts. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 4 Responses Joe Tessitore June 17, 2019 Beautiful work – I love them both! Reply Dan Blackston June 17, 2019 Great sonnet! Loved it. Reply David Watt June 18, 2019 I thoroughly enjoyed both poems, especially the delightful “Another Kiss”. My only distraction was the “t’ ” in “t’ affections” within the concluding line of “I Spent my Youth With Byron and The Bard”. It may just be my personal preference, but I wonder if something along the lines of: “to passions”, which doesn’t require a contraction, would be a viable option. Reply C.B. Anderson June 18, 2019 It’s not just your personal preference, David, it’s the damn truth. “t’ affections” is a gross monstrosity of English diction. Caleb needs to “recalebrate” his usages of the English language. Keep trying, Caleb. You have mastered the form, and someday you will master the art. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.