The Coming of War: Actæon

Ezra Pound

An image of Lethe,
                          and the fields
Full of faint light
                       but golden,
Gray cliffs,
              and beneath them
A sea
Harsher than granite,
          unstill, never ceasing;
High forms
                with the movement of gods,
Perilous aspect;
                       And one said:
"This is Actæon."
                       Actaeon of golden greaves!
Over fair meadows,
Over the cool face of that field,
Unstill, ever moving,
Host of an ancient people,
The silent cortège.

Poems by This Author

Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound
Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
Canto I by Ezra Pound
And then went down to the ship,
Canto XIV by Ezra Pound
Io venni in luogo d'ogni luce muto
Coda by Ezra Pound
O my songs
Come My Cantilations by Ezra Pound
Come my cantilations
Hugh Selwyn Mauberly [excerpt] by Ezra Pound
For three years, out of key with his time,
In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound
I have tried to write Paradise
Papyrus by Ezra Pound
Spring . . . . . . .
Portrait d'une Femme by Ezra Pound
Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea
Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound
Damn it all! all this our South stinks peace.
The Return by Ezra Pound
See, they return; ah, see the tentative
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound
While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead

Further Reading

Poems About War
Henry V, Act III, Scene I [One more unto the breach, dear friends]
by William Shakespeare
The Iliad, Book I, Lines 1-15
by Homer
War Music [Down on your knees, Achilles]
by Christopher Logue
A Wedding at Cana, Lebanon, 2007
by Tom Sleigh
April 27, 1937
by Timothy Steele
At Bay
by Carl Phillips
Bagram, Afghanistan, 2002
by Marvin Bell
Before the Deployment
by Jehanne Dubrow
Death Fugue
by Paul Celan
Dulce et Decorum Est
by Wilfred Owen
Eighth Air Force
by Randall Jarrell
For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon
For the Union Dead
by Robert Lowell
Forms of Range and Loathing
by Ruth Ellen Kocher
by Carl Sandburg
I Have a Rendezvous with Death
by Alan Seeger
I Hear an Army
by James Joyce
i sing of Olaf glad and big
by E. E. Cummings
Memorial Day for the War Dead
by Yehuda Amichai
by David Hernandez
My Father on His Shield
by Walt McDonald
by Henry Vaughan
by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Phantom Noise
by Brian Turner
Poems about War
by Charles Reznikoff
Ships That Pass in the Night
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Spoken From the Hedgerows
by Jorie Graham
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
by Julia Ward Howe
The Czar's Last Christmas Letter: A Barn in the Urals
by Norman Dubie
The Fall of Rome
by W. H. Auden
The Long Deployment
by Jehanne Dubrow
The Mask of Anarchy [Excerpt]
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The War After the War
by Debora Greger
The War Works Hard
by Dunya Mikhail
The Wound-Dresser
by Walt Whitman
Untitled [1950 June 27]
by Don Mee Choi
Veterans of Foreign Wars
by Edward Hirsch
War and Hell, XVI [I am a great inventor]
by Ernest Crosby
War Is Kind [excerpt]
by Stephen Crane
War Rug
by Henri Cole
Web Prayer for Milosz
by David Wojahn