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Francesca

You came in out of the night
And there were flowers in your hands,
Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
Out of a turmoil of speech about you.

I who have seen you amid the primal things
Was angry when they spoke your name
In ordinary places.
I would that the cool waves might flow over my mind,
And that the world should dry as a dead leaf,
Or as a dandelion seed-pod and be swept away,
So that I might find you again,
Alone.
 

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

About this Poem


“Francesca” was published in Pound’s book Exultations (E. Matthews, 1909).

Author


Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry.

Date Published: 1909-01-25

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/francesca