The poem London roses is a poem that tells the vision of London, written down in the earliest years of the twentieth century. A poem was written by Willa Carther.
About the poetess
It’s not often, that one comes across a poem of Willa Carther. That is too bad since this writer also composed some beautiful poetry. She is more famous as a writer of essays and novels than as a poetess. Carther was also a gifted poetess.
About the poem
One cannot help the feeling to think about the film Mary Poppins when reading the first line of this beautiful poem. These words are transformed in the right way, to match those who sell roses in London.
In this poem, all the important places – at least, according to Carther, are mentioned. She creates a link, to those nice smelling roses and the long history of the city of London.
It’s something else than London Bridge, that we published before. This is a beautifully composed tribute to this city.
“ROWSES, Rowses! Penny a bunch!” they tell you–
Slattern girls in Trafalgar, eager to sell you.
Roses, roses, red in the Kensington sun,
Holland Road, High Street, Bayswater, see you and smell you–
Roses of London town, red till the summer is done.
Roses, roses, locust and lilac, perfuming
West End, East End, wondrously budding and blooming
Out of the black earth, rubbed in a million hands,
Foot-trod, sweat-sour over and under, entombing
Highways of darkness, deep gutted with iron bands.
“Rowses, rowses! Penny a bunch!” they tell you,
Ruddy blooms of corruption, see you and smell you,
Born of stale earth, fallowed with squalor and tears–
North shire, south shire, none are like these, I tell you,
Roses of London perfumed with a thousand years.
— Willa Carther
The city as inspiration
Many poets have tried to write down their feelings as it comes to the city they find to be important. Sometimes it’s the city they live in. Sometimes it’s the city they visited or thought about. What is your favorite city and did you ever write a poem about this city? We love to share this poem on our website! Send us your poem using this link.