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These clothes will no longer walk about/come to life/take on his shape - poem about the death of a child | 06-Nov-15

Enquirer is looking for a poem they read in an anthology some years ago in which the poet talks about a dead child.  It uses an image using the word clothes,  something like "these clothes will no longer walk about/come to life/ take on his shape."

They think the poem was twentieth century, British and written by a male poet.

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It sounds very like Constance's speech from King John, Act 3 Scene 4 (British and male, yes, but Shakespeare is not exactly 20th century, so it may be a poem inspired by this speech?)

Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;
Then, have I reason to be fond of grief?
Fare you well: had you such a loss as I,
I could give better comfort than you do.
I will not keep this form upon my head,
When there is such disorder in my wit.
O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son!
My life, my joy, my food, my all the world!
My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure!
Jess Kaufmann

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