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Poem of the Week: The sloe was lost in flower… by AE Housman


Housman’s tiny yet perfect poem harmonises nature and feeling – all the while telling a stinging tale of seduction and betrayal

The sloe was lost in flower,
The April elm was dim;
That was the lover’s hour,
The hour for lies and him.

If thorns are all the bower,
If North winds freeze the fir,
Why, ’tis another’s hour,
The hour for truth and her.

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