Charlotte Arthur: Irish Woman Poet

Colman gives no biographical details for Charlotte Arthur other than to say that she contributed to The Irish Statesman. She published two volumes of verse, Dreams and Trees (Dublin, 1925) and Poor Faun (New York and London, 1930). Candle-Light and Dawn was one of four poems by Arthur to be published in the September 1926 issue of Poetry under the group title ‘Poems from Ireland’, and the only one not to be marred by Kiltartanese.

 

CANDLE-LIGHT AND DAWN
 
I have lit a candle in the night
And held It to the mirror on the wall,
Staring and staring at the face there,

Watching the tears fall.

I have quenched a candle in the dawn,
Hearing a winter bird’s thin calling,
And stared still at the dim face

With the tears falling.

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