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We are now in the process of transcribing and uploading Alfred's poems at a rate of at least one poem a day. Check out our Poem of the Day feature on the home page for each new poem.


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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 32
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 20 lines

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911 as About Wilts
Number of lines: 80
The poem also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was re-named About Wiltshire, greatly altered and reduced to 48 lines.


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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 18

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 31
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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 36
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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 40
Also appeared in Cor Cordium (in full), and Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 32 lines.

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 25
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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 8

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 18

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 32

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 16
Also appeared in Selected Poems

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 24

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This poem is one of several for which Alfred included an explanatory note when it was published in War Sonnets and Songs. He wrote: "Lieutenant Smirnoff was in command of a battery of Russian Artillery in an engagement near Lake Mazur. At the end of the battle, his battery was flanked on the right by reinforced German infantry, and on the left by machine guns. Behind him was the lake, cutting off retreat. Determined not to surrender, Lieutenant Smirnoff galloped at full speed with his battery into the lake, where every man and beast was drowned."

First published in: War Sonnets and Songs, 1916
Number of lines: 64

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 40
Also appears in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 24 lines

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 32

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 24

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 36

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 32
Also appeared in Selected Poems

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1926
Number of lines: 20

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Although this poem was credited as a translation (from the Greek) of a poem by Anacreon (c570BC-c475BC), it is more likely that it was at least mostly Alfred's work, perhaps heavily based on an ancient poem.

First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 28

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This poem was originally written by Alfred in Latin and called Fornax. He provided his own translation in Poems in Wiltshire, where it was called The Oil Furnace.

First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 8

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Homeland is effectively three poems in one, dealing with a British assault on the Roman Barbury Castle, memories of 19 local places and praise of the River Cole.

First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 154

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 24
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 16

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 32
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 32

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 60

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 66

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 32

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 30

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 20
Also appeared in Cor Cordium and Selected Poems


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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 84
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 32 lines


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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 35
Also appeared in Selected Poems

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A love poem, apparently written from the heart - but for Ida Levinge, the nurse who befriended Alfred while he was convalescing in Ireland in 1917. It was written as a souvenir, at their parting.

First published in: Selected Poems, 1926
Number of lines: 12

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 24

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 24

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 28
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 18
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 26

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 46
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 35 lines


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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 96
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 48 lines and much altered

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 36

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1926
Number of lines: 24

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 14
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 44

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 50
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 30 lines


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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 60

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First published in: War Sonnets and Songs, 1916
Number of lines: 28

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 14
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 14

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 20

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 72
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 40 lines


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First published in: Selected Poems, 1926
Number of lines: 56

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 48

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First published on this website
Number of lines: 60

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 91
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 29 lines


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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 34

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This poem was originally written by Alfred in Latin and called Fornax. He provided his own translation in Poems in Wiltshire, where it was called The Oil Furnace.

First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 8

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 14

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 40

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 26

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 14

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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 60
Also appeared in Selected Poems


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First published in: Songs in Wiltshire, 1909
Number of lines: 44
Also appeared in Selected Poems, where it was reduced to 24 lines


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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 16

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 56

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 20

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 40

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 48

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 36

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 55

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 30

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When first pubished, the sub-title referred to Slow as being 'the Wiltshire Dialect Poet', but when it was re-published in Selected Poems, this sub-title was amended to simply 'Wilton'. Slow is probably best known as the author of a poem about the origins of Wiltshire's Moonraker legend.

First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 14
Also appeared in Selected Poems

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First published in: Selected Poems, 1925
Number of lines: 14

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First published in: Poems in Wiltshire, 1911
Number of lines: 30

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First published in: Nature and Other Poems, 1912
Number of lines: 18

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First published in: Cor Cordium, 1913
Number of lines: 30

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