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Author: ROBINSON, EDWIN ARLINGTON
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Robinson, Edwin Arlington    Poet's Biography
241 poems available by this author


A CHRISTMAS SONNET; FOR ONE IN DOUBT    Poem Text    
First Line: While you that in your sorrow disavow
Subject(s): Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


A MAN IN OUR TOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: We pitied him as one too much at ease
Subject(s): Memory; Men; Neighbors


A POEM FOR MAX NORDAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Dun shades quiver down the lone long fallow
Last Line: Dun shades quiver down the lone long fallow.
Subject(s): Nordau, Max Simon (1849-1923)


A SONG AT SHANNON'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Two men came out of shannon's, having known
Last Line: Not knowing what the other may have heard.


AARON STARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Withal a meagre man was aaron stark
Last Line: And then (and only then) did aaron laugh.


AFTERTHOUGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: We parted where the old gas-lamp still burned
Last Line: Not knowing it would be for the last time.


ALMA MATER    Poem Text    
First Line: He knocked, and I beheld him at the door
Last Line: Had they arrived--these rags of memory?


AMARYLLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, when I wandered in the woods alone
Last Line: To think that amaryllis had grown old.


AN EVANGELIST'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why am I not myself these many days
Last Line: "jealous of god? Well, if you like it so."
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AN ISLAND (SAINT HELENA, 1821)    Poem Text    
First Line: Take it away, and swallow it yourself
Last Line: God, what a way to die!
Subject(s): Napoleon I (1769-1821)


AN OLD STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange that I did not know him then
Last Line: Until he died.


ANOTHER DARK LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Think not, because I wonder where you fled
Last Line: That yours are cloven as no beech's are.
Subject(s): Death; Hate; Truth; Dead, The


ARCHIBALD'S EXAMPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old archibald, in his eternal chair
Last Line: That he remembered when the trees were there.


AS A WORLD WOULD HAVE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Shall I never make him look at me again?
Last Line: "and was it very strange?"


AS IT LOOKED THEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In a sick shade of spruce, moss-webbed, rock-fed
Last Line: Arching a world where nothing had occurred.


ATHERTON'S GAMBIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The master played the bishop's pawn
Last Line: To sing the end of atherton.


AUNT IMOGEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt imogen was coming, and therefore
Last Line: Close to herself, and crushed him till he laughed.


AVENEL GRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Avenel gray at fifty had gray hair
Last Line: With all on board, and far from tilbury town.


AVON'S HARVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear, like a living fire that only death
Last Line: "and surely it was not another man."


BALLADE BY THE FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly I smoke and hug my knee
Last Line: As one by one the phantoms go.


BALLADE OF A SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Down by the flash of the restless water
Subject(s): Shipwrecks; Death; Drinks & Drinking; Dead, The; Wine


BALLADE OF BROKEN FLUTES    Poem Text    
First Line: In dreams I crossed a barren land
Last Line: The broken flutes of arcady.
Subject(s): Flutes


BALLADE OF DEAD FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: As we the withered ferns
Last Line: For friends that come and go.
Subject(s): Friendship


BATTLE AFTER WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of a darkness, into a slow light
Subject(s): Blindness; War; Visually Handicapped


BEN JONSON ENTERTAINS A MAN FROM STRATFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: You are a friend then, as I make it out,
Last Line: Perhaps he does.... O lord, that house in stratford!
Subject(s): Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


BEN TROVATO    Poem Text    
First Line: The deacon thought. 'I know them,' he began
Last Line: "he smiled--as he had never smiled at her."


BEWICK FINZER    Poem Text    
First Line: Time was when his half million drew
Last Line: And futile as regret.


BOKARDO    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, bokardo, here we are
Last Line: The stars look strange


BON VOYAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Child of a line accurst / and old as troy
Last Line: Before we knew.


BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: My northern pines are good enough for me
Last Line: In letters by warm hands I cannot reach.
Subject(s): Boston


BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a question that I ask
Last Line: But it beams yet.


CALVARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Friendless and faint, with martyred steps and slow
Last Line: Are we to keep christ writhing on the cross!
Subject(s): Calvary; Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


CALVERLY'S    Poem Text    
First Line: We go no more to calverly's
Last Line: Or we be lost among the stars.


CAPTAIN CRAIG    Poem Text    
First Line: I doubt if ten men in all tilbury town
Last Line: Blared indiscreetly the dead march in saul.


CAPUT MORTUUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Not even if with a wizard force I might
Last Line: Whether he play to win or toil to lose.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


CASSANDRA    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard one who said: verily
Last Line: Moved on. None heeded, and few heard.
Subject(s): Cassandra (Mythology); Freedom; Social Protest; Liberty


CAVENDER'S HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Into that house where no man went, he went
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Dead, The


CHARLES CARVILLE'S EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: A melancholy face charles carville had
Last Line: Might speak them. Then we heard them, every word.
Subject(s): Eyes


CLAVERING    Poem Text    
First Line: I say no more for clavering
Last Line: I say no more for clavering.


CLIFF KLINGENHAGEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Cliff klingenhagen had me in to dine
Last Line: As happy as cliff klingenhagen is.


CORTEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Four o'clock this afternoon
Last Line: Fifteen hundred miles away.
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


CREDO    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot find my way: there is no star
Last Line: I feel the coming glory of the light.
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


DEAR FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear friends, reproach me not for what I do
Last Line: The gold I miss for dreaming is all yours.


DEMOS    Poem Text    
First Line: All you that are enamored of my name
Last Line: Still to be wrangling in a noisy grave.
Subject(s): Democracy


DISCOVERY    Poem Text    
First Line: We told of him as one who should have soared
Last Line: For wisdom, or for more than we may know.


DOCTOR OF BILLIARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all among the fallen from on high
Last Line: We seem to think there may be something else.
Subject(s): Billiards


EN PASSANT    Poem Text    
First Line: I should have glanced and passed him, naturally
Subject(s): Death; Ghosts; Memory; Supernatural; Dead, The


ERASMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: When he protested, not too solemnly
Last Line: And they shook best who knew that he was right.
Subject(s): Erasmus, Desiderius (1466-1536)


EROS TURANNOS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She fears him, and will always ask
Last Line: Where down the blind are driven.
Subject(s): Fate; Fear; Love - Complaints; Love - Marital; Marriage; Destiny; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EXIT    Poem Text    
First Line: For what we owe to other days
Last Line: May we now venture to be kind.


FIRELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ten years together without yet a cloud
Last Line: Apart, and would be hers if he had known.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


FLAMMONDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The man flammonde, from god knows where
Last Line: Horizons for the man flammonde.
Subject(s): City & Town Life; Mystery


FLEMING HELPHENSTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: At first I thought there was a superfine
Last Line: He dodged, -- and I have never seen him since.
Subject(s): Strangers


FOR A BOOK BY THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: With searching feet, through dark circuitous ways
Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928)


FOR A DEAD LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: No more with overflowing light
Last Line: Makes time so vicious in his reaping.
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Time; Dead, The; Bereavement


FOR ARVIA; ON HIS FIFTH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: You eyes, you large and all-inquiring eyes
Last Line: Your gold of unrevealed awakenings.


FOR SOME POEMS BY MATTHEW ARNOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweeping the chords of hellas with firm hand
Subject(s): Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888)


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Faint white pillars that seem to fade
Last Line: Over the stones where the fountain broke.


GENEVIEVE AND ALEXANDRA (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't look at me so much as if to-day
Last Line: Oh, stop that!
Subject(s): Jealousy; Love; Relationships; Sisters


GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text    
First Line: Give him the darkest inch your shelf allows
Last Line: To consecrate the flicker, not the flame.
Subject(s): Crabbe, George (1754-1832)


GLASS HOUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Learn if you must, but do not come to me
Last Line: That we may not be here a thousand years.
Subject(s): Neighbors


HAUNTED HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here was a place where none would ever come
Subject(s): Haunted Houses


HER EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Up from the street and the crowds that went
Last Line: The plainer it all comes back to him.
Subject(s): Eyes; Paintings And Painters


HILLCREST    Poem Text    
First Line: No sound of any storm that shakes
Last Line: No louder now than falling leaves.


HORACE TO LEUCONOE    Poem Text    
First Line: I pray you not, leuconoe, to pore
Last Line: And let the morrow come for what it will.
Subject(s): Carpe Diem


HOW ANNANDALE WENT OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: They called it annandale - and I was there'
Last Line: "like this ... You wouldn't hang me? I thought not."


IF THE LORD WOULD MAKE WINDOWS IN HEAVEN'    Poem Text    
First Line: She who had eyes but had not wherewithal
Last Line: Might one day not be seen from anywhere
Subject(s): Angels; God; Heaven; Religion; Saints; Paradise; Theology


IF THE LORD WOULD MAKE WINDOWS IN HEAVEN'    Poem Text    
First Line: She who had eyes but had not wherewithal


INFERENTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I saw before me there the face
Last Line: "the rest of us were not so far ahead."
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ISAAC AND ARCHIBALD    Poem Text    
First Line: Isaac and archibald were two old men
Last Line: And I may laugh at them because I knew them.
Subject(s): Aging


JOB THE REJECTED    Poem Text    
First Line: They met, and overwhelming her distrust
Last Line: The confirmation of her soul's desire.


JOHN BROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Though for your sake I would not have you now
Last Line: I shall have more to say when I am dead.
Subject(s): Abolitionists; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; Anti-slavery; Serfs


JOHN EVERELDOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Where are you going tonight, tonight
Last Line: "and that's why I'm going to tilbury town."


JOHN GORHAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me what you're doing over here, john
Last Line: "as on two that have no longer much of anything to tell."


KARMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Christmas was in the air and all was well
Last Line: A dime for jesus who had died for men.
Subject(s): Charity; Christmas; Salvation Army; Philanthropy; Nativity, The


KOSMOS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Life; Death; God; Truth; Dead, The


L'ENVOI    Poem Text    
First Line: Now in a thought, now in a shadowed word,
Subject(s): Life


LANCELOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Gawaine, aware again of lancelot
Last Line: Alone; and in the darkness came the light.
Subject(s): Arthurian Legend; Arthur, King


LATE SUMMER (ALCAICS)    Poem Text    
First Line: Confused, he found her lavishing feminine
Last Line: Fell, she was there, and alone, still gazing.


LAZARUS    Poem Text    
First Line: No, mary, there was nothing - not a word
Last Line: "long into mine--long, long, as if he knew."


LEFFINGWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: No, no - forget your cricket and your ant
Last Line: Did we not hear him when he told us so?


LEONORA    Poem Text    
First Line: They have made for leonora this low dwelling in the ground
Last Line: Darker nights for leonora than to-night shall ever be.


LINGARD AND THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The table hurled itself, to our surprise
Last Line: And so he went away with clavering.


LISETTE AND EILEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When he was here alive, eileen
Last Line: "he liked your hair and eyes, eileen."


LLEWELLYN AND THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Could he have made priscilla share
Last Line: May be as far off as a moral.


LONDON BRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Do I hear them? Yes, I hear the children singing - and what of it?
Last Line: "oh, you children! Oh, you children! ... God, will they never stop!"


LOST ANCHORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a dry fish flung inland far from shore
Last Line: With him, whose mother should have had no sons.


LUKE HAVERGAL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Go to the western gate, luke havergal
Last Line: Luke havergal.
Variant Title(s): Luke
Subject(s): Death; Fidelity; Longing; Dead, The; Faithfulness; Constancy


MANY ARE CALLED    Poem Text    
First Line: The lord apollo, who has never died
Last Line: Fall golden on the patience of the dead.


MAYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Through an ascending emptiness of night
Last Line: "you may still be the bellows and the spark."


MERLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Gawaine, gawaine, what look ye for to see
Last Line: And there was darkness over camelot.
Subject(s): Arthurian Legend; Arthur, King


MINIVER CHEEVY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Miniver cheevy, child of scorn / grew lean while he assailed the seasons
Last Line: And kept on drinking.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Dreams; Drinks & Drinking; Men; Nostalgia; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Nightmares; Wine


MODERNITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Small knowledge have we that by knowledge met
Last Line: And there shall be another tale to tell.


MOMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where's the need of singing now?
Last Line: Momus, there'll be you.


MONADNOCK THROUGH THE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Before there was in egypt any sound
Last Line: Assyrians went howling south to war.


MR. FLOOD'S PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Old eben flood, climbing alone one night
Last Line: That many friends had opened long ago.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Alienation (Social Psychology); Drinks & Drinking; Old Age; Solitude; Toasts; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Estrangement; Outcasts; Wine; Loneliness


NEIGHBORS    Poem Text    
First Line: As often as we thought of her
Last Line: More than one heart could hold.
Subject(s): Neighbors


NEW ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Here where the wind is always north-north-east
Subject(s): New England


NIMMO    Poem Text    
First Line: Since you remember nimmo, and arrive
Last Line: Than I, the painter; and you say the truth.
Variant Title(s): Nimmo's Eyes


NOT ALWAYS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: In surety and obscurity twice mailed
Subject(s): Neighbors; Solitude; Loneliness


NOT ALWAYS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: There were long days when there was nothing said
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Silence; Solitude; Loneliness


OCATVES: 9    Poem Text    


OCTAVES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: To get at the eternal strength of things,
Last Line: Is always and unfailingly at hand.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


OCTAVES: 10    Poem Text    
Last Line: With weeping, and be glad that he is gone.
Subject(s): Loneliness


OCTAVES: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Still through the dusk of dead, blank-legended
Last Line: To dream of untriangulated stars.


OCTAVES: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: With conscious eyes not yet sincere enough
Last Line: Like mine have any message for the dead.


OCTAVES: 13    Poem Text    
First Line: I grant you friendship is a royal thing
Last Line: Of its own wealth and wisdom the old scorn.


OCTAVES: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: With conscious eyes not yet sincere enoug
Last Line: That flouts deformity and laughs at years.
Subject(s): Wisdom


OCTAVES: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: I grant you friendship is a royal thing
Last Line: Befriends us with a wizard's enmity.
Subject(s): Friendship


OCTAVES: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Something as one with eyes that look below
Last Line: By the still crash of salvatory steel.


OCTAVES: 17    Poem Text    
First Line: To you that sit with sorrow like chained slaves
Last Line: In this life or in any life -- repose.


OCTAVES: 18    Poem Text    
First Line: Something as one with eyes that look below
Last Line: Nor wavers; but the world shakes and we shriek.
Subject(s): War


OCTAVES: 19    Poem Text    
First Line: We lack the courage to be where we are
Last Line: On anvils, in the gleaming of god's forge.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


OCTAVES: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Tumultuously void of a clean scheme
Last Line: To brainless carnage by drunk trumpeters.


OCTAVES: 20    Poem Text    
First Line: The prophet of dead words defeats himself
Last Line: Good fortitude, clean wisdom, and strong skill.


OCTAVES: 21    Poem Text    
First Line: To curse the chilled insistence of the dawn
Last Line: The fundamental blunders of mankind.


OCTAVES: 22    Poem Text    
First Line: The prophet of dead words defeats himself:
Last Line: Of anguish to the liberated man.
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


OCTAVES: 23    Poem Text    
First Line: To curse the chilled insistence of the dawn
Last Line: Forever from the crumbled wharves of time.
Subject(s): Greed; Avarice; Cupidity


OCTAVES: 24    Poem Text    
First Line: Forbodings are the fiends of recreance


OCTAVES: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: Here by the windy docks I stand alone


OCTAVES: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: To me the groaning of world-worshippers
Last Line: The profit and the pride of his defeat.


OCTAVES: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: While we are drilled in error, we are lost
Last Line: Of god, to know enough to be alive.


OCTAVES: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: To me the groaning of world-worshippers
Last Line: That shines on thought's impenetrable mail.


OCTAVES: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: While we are drilled in error, we are lost
Last Line: In everlasting runes the truth of him.


OCTAVES: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: The guerdon of new childhood is repose
Last Line: And makes a whirlwind of the universe.


OCTAVES: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no loneliness: - no matter where
Last Line: Like scattered lamps in unfrequented streets.


OCTAVES: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: When one that you and I had all but sworn
Last Line: The wisdom that is in that wonderment.


OLD KING COLE    Poem Text    
First Line: In tilbury town did old king cole
Last Line: "that's good. The sun will soon be rising."
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


OLD TRAILS    Poem Text    
First Line: I met him, as one meets a ghost or two
Last Line: I wish the bells in boris would be quiet.
Subject(s): Washington Square, New York City


ON THE NIGHT OF A FRIEND'S WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: If ever I am old, and all alone
Last Line: A little while, and then breaks utterly.


ON THE WAY (PHILADELPHIA, 1794)    Poem Text    
First Line: Hamilton, if he rides you down, remember
Last Line: Quite so. Farewell.
Subject(s): Burr, Aaron (1756-1836); Hamilton, Alexander (1755-1804)


PARTNERSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, you have it; I can see
Last Line: That will be the best.


PASA THALASSA THALASSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Gone - faded out of the story, the sea-faring friend I remember?
Last Line: Down where he lies to-night, silent, and under the storms.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


PEACE ON EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: He took a frayed hat from his head
Last Line: Should have at least another hat.
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


RAHEL TO VARNHAGEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Now you have read them all; or if not all
Last Line: As that about me? ... Well, I believe you do.
Subject(s): Levin, Rahel Robert; Marriage; Varnhagen Von Ense, Karl (1785-1858); Varhagen Von Ense, Mrs. Karl; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


RECALLED    Poem Text    
First Line: Long after there were none of them alive
Last Line: "we die."" and there was no more to be said."


REMBRANDT TO REMBRANDT    Poem Text    
First Line: And there you are again, now as you are
Last Line: No longer the cold wash of holland scorn.
Subject(s): Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669)


REUBEN BRIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Because he was a butcher and thereby
Last Line: In with them, and tore down the slaughter-house.
Subject(s): Butchers; Death; Love - Marital; Marriage; Dead, The; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: By some derision of wild circumstance
Subject(s): Reunions


RICHARD CORY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Whenever richard cory went down town
Last Line: Went home and put a bullet through his head.
Subject(s): Despair; Suicide; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


ROMANCE: 1. BOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: We were all boys, and three of us were friends;
Subject(s): Boys


ROMANCE: 2. JAMES WETHERELL    Poem Text    
First Line: We never half believed the stuff


SAINTE-NITOUCHE    Poem Text    
First Line: Though not for common praise of him
Last Line: Had ever smiled as he did--quite.


SHADRACH O'LEARY    Poem Text    
First Line: O'leary was a poet - for a while
Last Line: A failure spared, a shadrach of the gleam.


SIEGE PERILOUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Long warned of many terrors more severe
Last Line: No fury thundered no flame fell from heaven.


SILVER STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, if you will, your fancy may destroy
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Graves; Graveyards; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: When we can all so excellently give
Last Line: The glory of eternal partnership.
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


SOUVENIR    Poem Text    
First Line: A vanished house that for an hour I knew
Last Line: Of one whose occupation was to die.


STAFFORD'S CABIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once there was a cabin here, and once there was a man
Last Line: And overgrown with golden-rod as if there were no ghost.


SUPREMACY    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a drear and lonely tract of hell
Last Line: I heard the dead men singing in the sun.


TACT    Poem Text    
First Line: Observant of the way she told
Last Line: Alone below the stars.
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited; Tact


TASKER NORCROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whether all towns and all who live in them
Last Line: But none of them had heard of tasker norcross.


THE ALTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone, remote, nor witting where I went
Last Line: That burns, and must burn somehow for the best.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE BOOK OF ANNANDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Partly to think, more to be left alone
Last Line: Or as a world is born--so suddenly.


THE BURNING BOOK, OR THE CONTENTED METAPHYSICIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: To the lore of no manner of men
Last Line: Of a dream that is ended.


THE CHANGING VINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Be calm? And was I frantic?
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Male-female Relations


THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: For those that never know the light
Last Line: And tell the ages what we are!
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE CHORUS OF OLD MEN IN 'AEGEUS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye gods that have a home beyond the world
Last Line: Into the mist of death.


THE CHORUS OF OLD MEN IN 'ĘGEUS '    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye gods that have a home beyond the world,


THE CLERKS    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not think that I should find them there
Last Line: Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.
Subject(s): Office Employees; Clerks


THE CLINGING VINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Be calm? And was I frantic?
Last Line: "and you and I are cold."


THE COMPANION    Poem Text    
First Line: Let him answer as he will
Last Line: Doubt will have a dwelling there.


THE CORRIDOR    Poem Text    
First Line: It may have been the pride in me for aught
Last Line: That year, to stop that hunger for a friend.


THE DARK HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark hills at evening in the west
Last Line: Were fading, and all wars were done.
Subject(s): War


THE DARK HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where a faint light shines alone
Last Line: Will be living, having died.
Subject(s): Death; Eyes; Life; Dead, The


THE DEAD VILLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here there is death. But even here, they say
Last Line: God frowned, and shut the village from his sight.


THE FALSE GODS    Poem Text    
First Line: We are false and evanescent, and aware of our deceit
Last Line: "may the true gods attend you and forget us when we go."


THE FIELD OF GLORY    Poem Text    
First Line: War shook the land where levi dwelt
Last Line: Reborn may be as great as any.


THE FLYING DUTCHMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unyielding in the pride of his defiance
Last Line: One fog-walled island more.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a fenceless garden overgrown
Last Line: Love-rooted in god's garden of the mind.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE GARDEN OF THE NATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: When we that are the bitten flower and fruit
Subject(s): Peace


THE GIFT OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Blessed with a joy that only she
Last Line: Of roses thrown on marble stairs.


THE GROWTH OF LORRAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: While I stood listening, discreetly dumb
Last Line: "this worn-out, cast-out flesh of mine to sleep."


THE HOUSE ON THE HILL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: They are all gone away
Last Line: There is nothing more to say.
Subject(s): Decay; Desolation; Rot; Decadence


THE KLONDIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never mind the day we left, or the way the women clung to us
Last Line: Looking each his own way to find the golden river.
Subject(s): Gold; Klondike; Patriotism


THE LAGGARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Scorners of earth, you that have one foot shod
Last Line: On earth to raise the golden dust of heaven.


THE LONG RACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Up the old hill to the old house again
Last Line: It seemed as if the little horse had won.


THE MAN AGAINST THE SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: Between me and the sunset, like a dome
Last Line: Where all who know may drown.


THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had not walked aimlessly up town
Subject(s): Death; Immortality; Dead, The


THE MASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A flying word from here and there
Last Line: And have one titan at a time.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Patriotism; Presidents, United States


THE MILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The miller's wife had waited long
Last Line: The same as ever to the sight.
Variant Title(s): The Miller's Wife
Subject(s): Mills & Millers; Suicide


THE MIRACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear brother, dearest friend, when I am dead,
Subject(s): Death; Forgiveness; Dead, The; Clemency


THE NEW TENANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The day was here when it was his to know
Last Line: What ultimate insolence would soon be theirs


THE NIGHT BEFORE    Poem Text    
First Line: Look you, dominie; look you, and listen
Subject(s): Passion; Adultery; Cuckolds; Anger; Hate; Forgiveness; Murder; Clemency


THE OLD KING'S NEW JESTER    Poem Text    
First Line: You that in vain would front the coming order
Last Line: The last of your content.


THE PILOT    Poem Text    
First Line: From the past and unavailing
Last Line: You are gone, but yet we sail.


THE PITY OF THE LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Vengeful across the cold november moors
Last Line: They fluttered off like withered souls of men.
Subject(s): Leaves


THE POOR RELATION    Poem Text    
First Line: No longer torn by what she knows
Last Line: From which there will be no more flying.


THE PRODIGAL SON    Poem Text    
First Line: You are not merry, brother. Why not laugh
Last Line: May find you planting lentils on my grave
Subject(s): Consolation


THE RAT    Poem Text    
First Line: As often as he let himself be seen
Last Line: Say less of rats and rather more of men.
Subject(s): Rats


THE RETURN OF MORGAN AND FINGAL    Poem Text    
First Line: And there we were together again
Last Line: They were there for the night with me.


THE REVEALER    Poem Text    
First Line: The palms of mammon have ordained
Last Line: Just where the boundary begins.
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)


THE SAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Foreguarded and unfevered and serene
Last Line: "and all may come--but not without the key."


THE SHEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled
Subject(s): Wheat


THE SPIRIT SPEAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: As you are still pursuing it
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


THE STORY OF THE ASHES AND THE FLAME    Poem Text    
First Line: No matter why, nor whence, nor when she came
Last Line: Her kisses were the keys to paradise.
Subject(s): Love


THE SUNKEN CROWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing will hold him longer - let him go
Last Line: His arrogance, and he may sleep again.


THE TAVERN    Poem Text    
First Line: Whenever I go by there nowadays
Last Line: That skirt-crazed reprobate, john evereldown.


THE THREE TAVERNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Herodion, apelles, amplias
Last Line: But none may say what he shall find in rome.


THE TORRENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I found a torrent falling in a glen
Last Line: Were steps to the great place where trees and torrents go.


THE TOWN BY THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the watcher by the way
Subject(s): City & Town Life


THE TOWN DOWN THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the watcher by the way
Last Line: Said the watcher by the way.


THE TREE IN PAMELA'S GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Pamela was too gentle to deceive
Last Line: Could they have seen that she had overheard.


THE UNFORGIVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: When he, who is the unforgiven
Last Line: There still would seem to be a way.


THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: There were faces to remember in the valley of the shadow
Last Line: Maimed.
Subject(s): Death; Life; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


THE VOICE OF AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: She'd look upon us, if she could
Last Line: And grown-up children used their eyes.


THE WANDERING JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw by looking in his eyes / that they remembered everything
Last Line: And flinch - and look the other way.
Subject(s): Wandering Jew


THE WHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: The doubt you fought so long
Last Line: Still, shall I call you blind?


THE WHITE LIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: When in from delos came the gold
Last Line: That there was triumph in the air.
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City


THE WILDERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Come away! Come away! There's a frost along
Last Line: And the long fall wind on the lake.


THE WISE BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: So long adrift, so fast aground
Last Line: We, and all others?


THE WOMAN AND THE WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: You thought we knew,' she said, 'but we were wrong
Last Line: "do you ask me to take moonlight for the sun?"


THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Some are the brothers of all humankind,
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THEOPHILUS    Poem Text    
First Line: By what serene malevolence of names
Last Line: Or cain,--but surely not theophilus.


THERE IS ONE CREED, AND ONLY ONE    Poem Text    


THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The man who cloaked his bitterness within
Last Line: Or sailed away with ines to the west.
Subject(s): Hood, Thomas (1799-1845); Poetry & Poets


THREE QUATRAINS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: As long as fame's imperious music rings
Last Line: As long as glory weighs itself in dust.


THREE QUATRAINS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Drink to the splendor of the unfulfilled
Last Line: The strings that nero fingered are all gone.


THREE QUATRAINS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: We cannot crown ourselves with everything
Last Line: Time finds a withered leaf in every laurel.


TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Am I alone - or is it you, my friend?
Last Line: You are still there. And I know who is here.
Subject(s): Toussaint L'ouverture (1743-1803)


TRISTRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Isolt of the white hands, in brittany
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Tristram And Isolde


TWILIGHT SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Through the shine, through the rain
Last Line: Through the shine, through the rain.
Subject(s): Dusk


TWO GARDENS IN LINNDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two brothers, oakes and oliver
Last Line: Of asphodels and artichokes.


TWO MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: There be two men of all mankind
Last Line: Melchizedek, ucalegon.


TWO OCTAVES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Not by the grief that stuns and overwhelms
Subject(s): Life


TWO OCTAVES: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: When through hot fog the fulgid sun looks down
Subject(s): God


TWO OCTAVES: 2. PARAPHRASE    Poem Text    
First Line: We shriek to live, but no man ever lives
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TWO OCTAVESL 1. UNITY    Poem Text    
First Line: As eons of incalculable strife
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


TWO QUATRAINS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: As eons of incalculable strife
Last Line: Divinely shadowed on the walls of thought.


TWO QUATRAINS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: We shriek to live, but no man ever lives
Last Line: Till he has quit the road that runs to death.


TWO SONNETS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as I wonder at the twofold screen
Last Line: The scattered features of dead friends again.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


TWO SONNETS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Never until our souls are strong enough
Last Line: The mead of thought's prophetic endlessness.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


UNCLE ANANIAS    Poem Text    
First Line: His words were magic and his heart was true
Last Line: Did love him faithfully.
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


VAIN GRATUITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Never was there a man much uglier
Last Line: Where there are none to listen or to care.


VERLAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you dig like long-clawed scavengers
Last Line: Can blot the star that shines on paris now.
Subject(s): Verlaine, Paul (1844-1896)


VETERAN SIRENS    Poem Text    
First Line: The ghost of ninon would be sorry now
Last Line: So far from ninon and so near the grave.
Subject(s): Aging; Courtesans; Lenclos, Anne De (1620-1705); Ninon De Lenclos


VICKERY'S MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue in the west the mountain stands
Last Line: And vickery not to know.


VILLANELLE OF CHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since persia fell at marathon
Last Line: Long centuries have come and gone.
Subject(s): Change; Greece; Greeks


WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The master-songs are ended, and the man
Last Line: We write them there forever.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WHY HE WAS THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Much as he left it when he went from us
Last Line: "and I shall not be here when you are gone."


ZOLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Because he puts the compromising chart
Last Line: Throbbing, the pulse, the divine heart of man.
Subject(s): Zola, Emile (1840-1902)