Au Vieux Jardin

By Richard Aldington 1892–1962 Richard Aldington
I have sat here happy in the gardens,   
Watching the still pool and the reeds   
And the dark clouds   
Which the wind of the upper air   
Tore like the green leafy boughs   
Of the divers-hued trees of late summer;   
But though I greatly delight   
In these and the water-lilies,   
That which sets me nighest to weeping   
Is the rose and white color of the smooth flag-stones,   
And the pale yellow grasses   
Among them.

Source: Poetry (November 1912).


This poem originally appeared in the November 1912 issue of Poetry magazine

November 1912
 Richard  Aldington


Richard Aldington was prominent in several literary capacities; most notably as a founding poet of the Imagist movement and as a novelist who conveyed the horror of World War I through his written works. He was also a prolific critic, translator, and essayist. Though he considered his novels to be his most important works, he received much critical attention for his biographies of such contemporaries as Lawrence of Arabia and

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SUBJECT Nature, Summer, Landscapes & Pastorals



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