Okay, I looked through a whole lot of poetry written by people who died more than a hundred years ago, with an eye to shortish phrases that might work as book titles. I was trying to find three phrases per poem, preferably from poems with topics that are somewhat consonant with the actual stories. Quite a challenge!
See what you think of the following, and if I’m persuaded that none of these sets of phrases would work, I will give up on poetry and come up with a completely different idea.
From “A Nocturnal Upon Saint Lucy’s Day” by John Donne
- The Year’s Midnight
- Of Absence, Darkness
- As Shadow, a Light
From “The Vanity of Human Wishes” by Samuel Johnson
- Time Hovers O’er
- Such Age There Is
- As the Day Returns
From “The Eternal Gates” by William Blake
- The Eternal Gates
- A Land of Sorrows
- Thro’ Valleys Dark
From “The Seasons” by Swinburne
- For Winter’s Rains
- The Light that Loses
- And Time Remembered
I’ve always liked Swinburne, I must say.