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Author: BENET, STEPHEN VINCENT
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Benet, Stephen Vincent    Poet's Biography
58 poems available by this author


A MINOR POET    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a shell. From me you shall not hear
Last Line: A tremulous murmur from great days long dead.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A SONG OF BREATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard the song of breath
Last Line: I wondered that I still breathed
Subject(s): Breath


ALEXANDER VI DINES WITH THE CARDINAL OF CAPUA    Poem Text    
First Line: Next, then, the peacock, gilt
Last Line: Mhm! Kiss your poor old father, little rose!
Subject(s): Dinners & Dining; Alexander Vi, Pope (1431-1503)


ALL NIGHT LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: We were in bed by nine, but she did not hear the clock
Last Line: I took her into arms. We sas the morning rise
Subject(s): Desire; Love


AMERICAN NAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: I have fallen in love with american names
Last Line: Bury my heart at wounded knee.
Subject(s): Names; United States; America


ARCHIMEDES LAST FORAY    Poem Text    
First Line: And...Having sought for a lever wherewith to move the world...He was slain...
Last Line: To be careful with the dust.
Subject(s): Archimedes (287-212 B.c.)


CAMPUS SONNET: BEFORE AN EXAMINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The little letters dance across the page
Last Line: Ring icy-clear from the far deeps of night.
Subject(s): Examinations; Universities & Colleges


CAMPUS SONNET: MAY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
Last Line: Filled with the divine languor of late spring.
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


CAMPUS SONNET: RETURN - 1917    Poem Text    
First Line: I was just aiming at the jagged hole
Last Line: "I dreamed I . . . Am I . . . Wounded? ""you are dead."
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges; World War I; First World War


CAMPUS SONNET: TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Tobacco smoke drifts up the dim ceiling
Last Line: Of all our youth this hour is pure gold.
Subject(s): Universities & Colleges


CAROL: NEW STYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: If jesus christ should come again
Last Line: On christmas day in the morning.
Subject(s): Christmas; Christmas Carols; Crucifixion; Good Friday; Holidays; Holy Week; Jesus Christ; Nativity, The; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


COLORS    Poem Text    
First Line: The little man with the vague beard and guise
Last Line: "we're selling that lot there out cheap!"" said he."
Subject(s): Colors


DANIEL BOONE    Poem Text    
First Line: When daniel boone goes by, at night
Subject(s): Boone. Daniel (1734-1820)


DEVOURER OF NATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Strength shall be thrust to the eater
Last Line: That grey, round rat!
Subject(s): Nations


DIFFERENCE    Poem Text    


DINNER IN A QUICK LUNCH ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Soup should be heralded with a mellow horn
Last Line: And gorge the sticky mess these fools call food!
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


ELEGY FOR AN ENEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: Say, does that stupid earth
Last Line: She and her scorn have found!
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


FOR CITY SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Now grimy april comes again
Last Line: Yet, still we praise that crocus head, / april!
Subject(s): April


GHOSTS OF A LUNATIC ASYLUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, where men's eyes were empty and as bright
Last Line: The silence of the eight men who were god!
Subject(s): Psychiatric Hospitals; Mad Houses; Insane Asylums


GOING BACK TO SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: The boat ploughed on. Now alcatraz was past
Last Line: "why it's miss nancy! Come along, you rat!"
Subject(s): Homecoming


JOHN BROWN'S BODY    Poem Text    
First Line: They came on to fish-hook gettysburg in this way, after this fashion
Last Line: And the strange south moved against you, lean members lost in the corn
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; Slavery; United States - History; Anti-slavery; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Serfs


JOHN BROWN'S BODY: THE DEATH OF STONEWALL JACKSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Slow time wore. They had to tell him at last
Last Line: “let us cross the river,” he said, “and rest under the shade of the trees”
Subject(s): Death; Jackson, Thomas (Stonewall) (1824-1863); Dead, The


JOHN JAMES AUDUBON    Poem Text    
First Line: Some men live for warlike deeds
Subject(s): Audobon, John James (1785-1851)


KING DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: David sang to his hooknosed harp
Last Line: (and the lord is king above all gods!)
Subject(s): Bells; David (D. 962 B.c.); Sin


LITANY FOR DICTATORSHIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: For all those beaten, for the borken heads
Last Line: Our children know and suffer the armed men
Subject(s): Freedom; Tyranny & Tyrants; Liberty; Dictators


LONELY BURIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: There were not many at that lonely place
Last Line: The terrible bareness of the soul's last house.
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


LOVE IN TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a darkness behind the light - and the pale light drips
Last Line: Or the flame-bright wings of the miraculous dove!
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


LUNCH AT A CLUB    Poem Text    
First Line: The member with the face like a pale ham
Last Line: The eldest member drops his coffee spoon.
Subject(s): Lunch


METROPOLITAN NIGHTMARE    Poem Text    
First Line: It rained quite a lot, that spring. You woke in the morning
Last Line: He pried fom the insect's jaws the bright crumb of steel
Subject(s): New York City; Termites; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


MINOR LITANY    Poem Text    
First Line: This being a time confused and with few clear stars,
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


MORTUARY PARLORS    Poem Text    
First Line: The smooth, unobtrusive walls say 'hush!' in a voice of honey and meal
Last Line: And death, the obsequious gentleman, comes rubbing black gloves and talking
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Dead, The


MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend went to the piano; spun the stool
Last Line: "how pretty!"" we said; and went on with our talk again."
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos


NIGHTMARE NUMBER THREE    Poem Text    
First Line: We had expected everything but revolt
Last Line: The madison avenue busses leading the charge
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


NOS IMMORTALES    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps we go with the wind and cloud and sun
Last Line: Spilling its star-dust back to dust again.
Subject(s): Nature


ODE TO WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Now comes fourth month and the early buds on the trees
Last Line: Always forever, mississippi, the god
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


POOR DEVIL!    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, I was tired of life; the silly folk
Last Line: No further doors to break or bars to burst!
Subject(s): Suicide


PORTRAIT OF A BABY    Poem Text    
First Line: He lay within a warm, soft world
Last Line: He entered on man's heritage!
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


PORTRAIT OF A BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: After the whipping, he crawled into bed
Last Line: "doubloons!"" they said. The words crashed gold. ""doubloons!"
Subject(s): Boys


RAIN AFTER A VAUDEVILLE SHOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The last pose flickered, failed. The screen's dead
Last Line: I stamped the ground in the strong joy of life!
Subject(s): Vaudeville


ROAD AND HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall go away
Last Line: Here, in this light, there is no end. . . .
Subject(s): Mountains; Wanders And Wandering; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE BALLAD OF WILLIAM SYCAMORE (1790-1880)    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, he was a mountaineer
Last Line: And my buffalo have found me.
Subject(s): Pioneers


THE BREAKING POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not when temptation came
Last Line: Tell where you found me yesterday!


THE CITY REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: The grey gulls drift across the bay
Last Line: We have our heaven on earth -- sometimes!
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE DRUG-SHOP, OR, ENDYMION IN EDMONSTOUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Night falls; the great jars glow against the dark
Last Line: She will be fully risen. -- there's his step!
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Keats, John (1795-1821); Anglers


THE FIDDLING WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Gods, what a black, fierce day! The clouds were iron
Last Line: Black, dragon branches whipped below a moon!
Subject(s): Forests; Music & Musicians; Woods


THE GENERAL PUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Shelley? Oh, yes, I saw him often then
Last Line: "thrice in the face. He made good sport that night."
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)


THE GOLDEN CORPSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stripped country, shrunken as a beggar's heart
Last Line: And the ice harden like a god's disdain on it.
Subject(s): Youth


THE HEMP (A VIRGINIA LEGEND)    Poem Text    
First Line: Captain hawk scourged clean the seas
Last Line: And blind fate gathers back her seeds.
Subject(s): Hemp


THE INNOVATOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I said, 'why should a pyramid
Last Line: But -- lord, how usual!
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects


THE LOVER IN HELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Eternally the choking steam goes up
Last Line: But what a sense of humor god must have!
Subject(s): Hell


THE MOUNTAIN WHIPPOORWILL (A GEORGIA ROMANCE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Up in the mountains, it's lonesome all the time
Last Line: An' then the noise of the crowd began.
Subject(s): Birds; Whipporwills


THE QUALITY OF COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Black trees against an orange sky
Last Line: Somewhere . . . In heaven . . . She walks . . . That . . . Road. . . .
Subject(s): Courage; Valor; Bravery


THE WHITE PEACOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Go away!
Last Line: And spreads to a pool on the floor.
Subject(s): Birds; France; Peacocks


TO ROSEMARY    Poem Text    
First Line: If you were gone afar
Last Line: Out of its cloud!
Subject(s): Love


TO W.R.B.: DEDICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: And so, to you, who always were
Subject(s): Benet, William Rose (1886-1950)


WESTERN WAGONS    Poem Text    
First Line: They went with axe and rifle, when the trail was still to blaze
Last Line: But we're going west, tomorrow, with our fortune in our hands
Subject(s): Pioneers; United States; West (U.s.); America; Southwest; Pacific States


WINGED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon, a sweeping scimitar, dipped in the stormy straits
Last Line: Mounting, mounting still, triumphant, on his torn and broken wings!
Subject(s): Icarus; Mythology - Classical


YOUNG BLOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: He woke with a sick taste in his mouth
Last Line: And bitter loathing crept up all his limbs.
Subject(s): Youth