Grown about by Fragrant Bushes

By Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–1894
Grown about by fragrant bushes,
Sunken in a winding valley,
      Where the clear winds blow
      And the shadows come and go,
      And the cattle stand and low
And the sheep bells and the linnets
      Sing and tinkle musically.
Between the past and the future,
      Those two black infinities
      Between which our brief life
      Flashes a moment and goes out.

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Poet Robert Louis Stevenson 1850–1894

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Time & Brevity, Nature, Living, Landscapes & Pastorals

Occasions Funerals

 Robert Louis Stevenson

Biography

Robert Louis Stevenson is best known as the author of the children’s classic Treasure Island, and the adult horror story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Both of these novels have curious origins. A map of an imaginary island gave Stevenson the idea for the first story, and a nightmare supplied the premise of the second. In addition to memorable origins, these tales also share Stevenson’s key theme: the . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Nature, Living, Landscapes & Pastorals

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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