High Flight – a poem by John Gillespie Magee

We posted this for no other reason than that it is one of our favourite poems – and there’s something to be said for merely reading for pleasure. Maybe, it’s because Paul’s father was a pilot and he grew up surrounded by planes and aviators. Maybe,we’re harking back to the dreams of young boys who longed to ‘wheel and soar’, or maybe it’s just because we love the tranquility and majesty that John Gillespie Magee so wonderfully captures.

We’d love to hear about your favourite poems……….

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee 1922-1944


About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to canmoorcroft@gmail.com or paul.zarraga@gmail.com
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2 Responses to High Flight – a poem by John Gillespie Magee

  1. elifz says:

    I like this short poem and wanted to share with you….
    Some people talk and talk
    and never say a thing.
    Some people look at you
    and birds begin to sing.

    Some people laugh and laugh
    and yet you want to cry.
    Some people touch your hand
    and music fills the sky.

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