The thirteen poems gathered in this section of the 1881
Ballads and Sonnets volume all focus, more or less closely and explcitly,
on poetry's resources for accessing secret knowledge.
Paradoxically, the non-semantic features of verse
expression are represented as the key to this
quasi-mystical power of apprehension.
The poems include:A Death-PartingAdieuAlas, So Long!ChimesInsomniaParted PresencePossessionSong and MusicSoothsaySpheral ChangeSunset WingsThe Cloud ConfinesThree Shadows