William Henry Davies (3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940) was a Welsh poet and writer, known as the “tramp poet”.
This poem I’ve chosen, clearly expresses the contrast of England offers beauty, the colors and light of its lands and the majesty and grandeur of its buildings and cities. Although the poet says “Old London Town”, let me that illustrate this post with one of the most popular views of London right now. The London Eye and Thames river. Simply spectacular.
THE TWO LOVES
I have two loves, and one is dark,
The other fair as may be seen;
My dark love is Old London Town,
My fair love is the Country green.
My fair love has a sweeter breath,
A clearer face by day; and nights
So wild with stars that dazzled I
See multitudes of other lights.
My dark love has her domes, as round
As mushrooms in my fair love’s meadows;
While both my loves have houses old,
Where windows look cross-eyed at shadows.