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The Death of Chatterton

The Death of Chatterton, Henry Wallis (c. 1856)

The Death of Chatterton, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Poor fatherless genius age eleven
Wrote great versus without imperfection
His skill would not pave his way to Heaven
Shortly going in other direction

Verses he wrote penned by long ago monk
Thomas Rowley lived three centuries past
Claimed to have discovered them in a trunk
Willing to sell them if the sum were vast

Not selling his writings turns to despair
Yet wrote feverishly both day and night
Did not have a shilling that he could spare
Now totally consumed by darkened fright

To rid the pain arsenic he did down
Shy of eighteen he lies in the cold ground

Sappho, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

SapphoSappho, Miquel Carbonell Selva (1881)

Sappho, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Though you mourn, from your young life do not flee
Come, create within us a magic spell
Leave not Leucadian cliff for the sea
Instead your song the sea’s harshness to quell

If it is a failed love we can’t undo
Nor can our earnest love of you compare
Let our open arms provide you comfort
A chance to heal your illness of despair

There won’t be warmth on the sea’s frigid floor
Your lyre never to play another song
Stay, it is you that we so much adore
It is with us that you truly belong

Sappho it is our wish you didn’t abide
Preferring deep darkness of suicide


Article about the fate of Sappho