As part of my celebrations for National Poetry Month, I’ve begun pestering the poetry lovers among my nearest and dearest to send me their favorite poems, so that I can post them here on The Art of Reading. I’ve invited everyone to write something about the poem they’ve chosen, or simply to send the poem itself, and I’m hopeful that throughout the rest of April I’ll be able to post a different poem from a different person every few days.
To start with, here is Bill’s (more affectionately known as “Father Dearest”) choice, the poem “Requiem,” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), reprinted from An Anthology of Modern Verse. Ed. A. Methuen. London: Methuen & Co., 1921.