The Islands [Charles Brasch]
(1)Always, in these islands, meeting and parting
(2)Shake us making tremulous the salt-rimmed air;
(3)Divided and perplexed the sea is waiting
(4)Birds and fishes visit us and disappear.
(5)The future and the past stand at our doors ,
(6)Beggars who for one look of trust will open
(7)Worlds that can answer our unknown desires ,
(8)Entering us like rain and sun to ripen
(9)Remindingly beside the quays,the white
(10)Ships lie smoking; and from their haunted bay
(11)The godwits vanish towards another summer:
(12)Everywhere in light and calm murmuring
(13)Shadow of departure; distance looks our way;
(14)And no one knows where he will lie down at night.
- The setting is in the islands as the poem is called “The Islands”. In the 1920-30
- This poem is written in First Person as in the 2nd line it says shake us so thats meaning themself and someone else
- This poem is pretty formal .
- There is no colloquial language or slang throughout the poem. This is the reason it is a formal poem.
- Language features: “Distance looks our way” is personification, “the future and the past stand at our doors” is another example of personification,