Dannie Abse

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Dannie Abse (Daniel Abse, born 22 September 1923) is a Welsh poet and retired doctor; medicine, his Jewish culture and Welsh nationality are frequent themes in his work.


  • Praying is another way of singing.
    You plant in the tree the soul of lemons.
    You plant in the gardens the spirit of roses.
    • Poem Song for Dov Shamir
  • I know the colour rose, and it is lovely,
    But not when it ripens in a tumour.
    • Poem The Pathology of Colours
  • Leave my soul alone, leave my soul alone
    • Poem In the theatre
  • And silence matched the silence under snow.
    • Poem In the theatre

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