Dannie Abse

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Dannie Abse, 2014

Dannie Abse (Daniel Abse, born 22 September 192328 September 2014) 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 in: Dannie Abse (1963), Dannie Abse, p. 8
  • I know the colour rose, and it is lovely,
    But not when it ripens in a tumour.
  • And healing greens, leaves and grass, so springlike,
    In limbs that fester are not springlike.
    • Poem The Pathology of Colours in: Dannie Abse (1981) Miscellany One - Volume 1, p. 65
  • You sod, Leave my soul alone, leave my soul alone
    • Poem In the theatre, in: Dannie Abse (1997) Welsh retrospective, p. 43
  • And silence matched the silence under snow.
    • Poem In the theatre; Quoted in: Tony Curtis (1985) Dannie Abse, p. 32
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