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Moore, Virginia    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Untermeyer, Louis, Mrs.
5 poems available by this author


AN INVITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun has neatly varnished
Last Line: I can't offend the sun!
Subject(s): Sun


MUMBLIN' MOTT    Poem Text    
First Line: Delightedly devoid of useless brain
Last Line: Who had the sense to be an idiot!
Subject(s): Fools; Speech Disorders; Idiots; Stuttering; Muteness


PLOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Presently I shall go with the plovers
Last Line: And stoop to a fallen feather.
Subject(s): Plovers


SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: There is quick-sand in sleep, and quick-silver
Last Line: In a coffin of temporal sand. . . .
Subject(s): Death; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Sleep; Dead, The


THE DEATH OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: She was a double gardenia
Last Line: A dark brown odor.
Subject(s): Beauty; Death; Dead, The



Untermeyer, Louis    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewis, Michael
133 poems available by this author


A BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Again I come / with my handful of song
Last Line: You who have soothed me with passion and roused me with passionate peace.
Subject(s): Aging; Birthdays; Happiness; Singing & Singers; Time; Joy; Delight


A GLEE FOR FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, sing out a song when the nights are long
Subject(s): February


A HAUNTED GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the moss and stone / the lonely lilies rise
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I listened to them talking, talking,
Subject(s): Fathers


A SIDE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: On the warm sunday afternoons
Subject(s): City & Town Life


A VOICE FROM THE SWEAT-SHOPS (A HYMN WITH RESPONSES)    Poem Text    
First Line: Praise god from whom all blessings / flow
Last Line: When will he make it plain?
Subject(s): Revivals; Social Protest; Speech; Voices; Religious Revivals; Oratory; Orators


AFFIRMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: As long as vigorous discontent
Last Line: Is forging something violent—and great!
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


ANY CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the staring street / she goes on her nightly round
Last Line: The night with its pitiless stars.
Subject(s): Cities; Social Problems; Urban Life


APOCRYPHAL SOLILOQUIES    Poem Text    
First Line: See the dazzled stripling stand
Last Line: Come, old goliath, come and play
Subject(s): David (D. 962 B.c.); Goliath


ARCTIC AGRARIAN (SCENE: THE ADIRONDACKS)       
First Line: Here in these hills the spring comes slow
Subject(s): Arctic


ARMISTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The wintry war is over, and he stands
Last Line: Leafless in may.
Subject(s): Change; Trees; Veterans; Veterans Day; War


ASH WEDNESDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Shut out the light or let it filter through
Subject(s): Ash Wednesday


AT KENNEBUNKPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat together at the ocean's edge
Last Line: The balm of silence and the strength of love.
Subject(s): Memory; Silence


AUCTION: ANDERSON GALLERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Lot 65: john keats to fanny brawne
Last Line: "sold to this party for nine sixty five."
Subject(s): Auctions


AUTUMN DIALOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: No, no', she cries, 'I will not warm my fingers'
Last Line: And earth continues to fondle its acre of dust.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


BATTLE HYMN OF THE RUSSIAN REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: God, give us strength these days
Last Line: Trample it with our love!
Subject(s): Russia; World War I; Soviet Union; Russians; First World War


BATTLE-CRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, jim hez gone-ye didn't know?
Last Line: Sick of his bloody spree.
Subject(s): Blood; Fights; Social Problems


BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beauty shall not lead me
Subject(s): Beauty; Love


BREAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Why has our poetry eschewed
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


BUSINESS OF RAVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: What are these ravens doing in our trees
Subject(s): Ravens


CALIBAN IN THE COAL MINES    Poem Text    
First Line: God, we don't like to complain
Last Line: Fling us a handful of stars!
Subject(s): Mines & Miners; Religion; Social Protest; Theology


CHALLENGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The quiet and courageous night
Last Line: The cold complacency of earth.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


CHILD AND HER STATUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Your living glass is this unpolished stone
Last Line: Imprisoned in the stone, will still be free.
Subject(s): Statues


CONQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: You have not conquered me, it is the surge
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


COUNTRY SCHOOLROOM, ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn to page ten in your arithmetics'
Last Line: As numberless and nameless as their calls.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


DAUGHTERS OF JEPHTHA    Poem Text    
First Line: Dance! / dance the crumbling world's expanse
Last Line: Dance!
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Daughters


DAYBREAK    Poem Text    
First Line: Three years of night and nightmare, years of black
Last Line: And darkness but a wide and welcome bed.
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


DICK SAID: * (CONCERNING HEAVEN)    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, heaven's hard to understand
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


DOROTHY DANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: This is no child that dances. This is flame
Last Line: It is enough that flesh has danced with flame.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


DOWN-HILL ON A BICYCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The rolling earth stops
Last Line: God, that were life!
Subject(s): Climbing; Earth; Life; World


DUE TO BEING OPPOSITE    Poem Text    
First Line: What seemed a litter was a family
Subject(s): Death; Cemeteries; Birth; Life; Dead, The; Graveyards; Child Birth; Midwifery


END OF THE COMEDY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Dramatists


ENVY    Poem Text    
First Line: The willow and the river / ripple with silver speech
Last Line: They murmur each to each.
Subject(s): Envy


EVE SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pause, god, and ponder, ere thou judgest me
Last Line: Pause, god, and ponder ere thou judgest me.
Subject(s): God; Judgments


FAITH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


FANTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird ran up the onyx steps of night
Last Line: The moon, her white laugh rippling from the stream.
Subject(s): Fantasy; Moon


FEUERZAUBER'       
First Line: I never knew the earth had so much gold


FEURERZAUBER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love; Spring; Nature


FIFTH AVENUE-SPRING AFTERNOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The world's running over with color
Last Line: Rises your face!
Subject(s): Fields; Fifth Avenue, New York City; Flowers; Primroses; Spring; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


FIVE TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Five pine trees held up on the nape of a broken hill
Last Line: Which are you today?
Subject(s): Pine Trees; Trees


FOLK-SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Back she came through the trembling / dusk
Last Line: "I loved him so!"
Subject(s): Suicide


FUNERAL HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: When life's gay courage fails at last
Last Line: And the great, blue folds of sky!
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Dead, The; Burials


GOD'S YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: I often wish that I had been alive
Last Line: When god was young and blithe and whimsical.
Subject(s): Youth


HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange, how this smooth and supple joint can be
Last Line: Curved in a smile. . . . The mystery remains.
Subject(s): Hands


HE GOADS HIMSELF    Poem Text    
First Line: And was it I that hoped to rattle
Last Line: Storm -- not escape.
Subject(s): Death; Martyrs; Dead, The


HEALED    Poem Text    
First Line: The winds like a pack of hounds
Last Line: And its face was the face of a mother, and its voice was the voice of a child.
Subject(s): Dust; Healing; Storms; Wind; Cures


HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it a tribute or betrayal when
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Beauty


HOW MUCH OF GODHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: How much godhood did it take
Last Line: Pillow the little weary head.


IN A CAB    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain-and the lights of the city
Last Line: The desolate rain.
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Taxis; Travel; Journeys; Trips


IN A STRANGE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk-and a hunger for your face
Last Line: And I am lonelier than ever.
Subject(s): Cities; Solitude; Urban Life; Loneliness


IN THE BERKSHIRE HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: How can the village dead remain so / still
Last Line: And dance in triumph on my crumbling shroud.
Subject(s): Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts; Mountains; Villages; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


IN THE STREETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Boy, my boy, it is lonely in the city
Last Line: Oh boy—god help her!
Subject(s): Grief; Streets; Sorrow; Sadness; Avenues


IN THE SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Chaos is tamed and ordered as we ride
Last Line: Reading their papers calmly, leisurely.
Subject(s): Chaos; Insanity; Social Protest; Madness; Mental Illness


INFIDELITY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


INHIBITED    Poem Text    
First Line: I could not pity your pain but I pitied the branches
Subject(s): Grief; Pity; Mind, The; Sorrow; Sadness


INVOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Listen, my lute, I would turn from your / militant measures
Last Line: Stabbing and healing.
Subject(s): Military; War


IRONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why are the things that have no death
Subject(s): Mortality


ISADORA DUNCAN DANCING 'IPHIGENIA IN AULIS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Fling the stones and let them all
Last Line: And the dance is ended.
Variant Title(s): Isadora Duncan Dancing
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Duncan, Isadora (1878-1927)


ISADORA DUNCAN DANCING (CHOPIN)    Poem Text    
First Line: Faint preludings on a flute
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


ISHMAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Again the wanderer starts out
Last Line: To save a home he never had.
Subject(s): Ishmael (Bible)


JEWISH LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: Husha, o husha
Last Line: Will envy my son.
Subject(s): Jewish Families; Mothers & Sons


KOHELETH    Poem Text    
First Line: I waited and worked
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


LANDSCAPES (FOR CLEMENT R. WOOD)    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain was over, and the brilliant air
Last Line: Good god, and what is all this beauty for?
Variant Title(s): Landscapes
Subject(s): Beauty; God; Nature - Religious Aspects; Vision; Willow Trees


LEAVING THE HARBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: At last the great, red sun sank low
Last Line: Lay on the shore of heaven.
Subject(s): Harbors; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Storms; Wind; Ocean


LONG FEUD    Poem Text    
First Line: Where, without bloodshed, can there be
Subject(s): Grass


MAGIC    Poem Text    
First Line: We passed old farmer boothby in the field
Subject(s): Maine (State); Farm Life; Boats; Landscape; Agriculture; Farmers


MATTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a live man
Last Line: Than it is to me.
Subject(s): Death; Despair; Dead, The


MIDNIGHT-BY THE OPEN WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: How rapt the sleeping stillness of the / night
Last Line: Roused from the sleepy comfort of his seat.
Subject(s): Night; Silence; Sleep; Bedtime


MONOLOGUE FROM A MATTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Can that be you, la mouche? Wait till I lift
Last Line: Mouche -- mathilde! . . .
Subject(s): Death; Love; Regret; Religion; Revolutions; Sickness; Poetry & Poets; German Literature; Heine, Heinrich (1797-1856); Dead, The; Theology; Illness


ON THE BIRTH OF A CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo - to the battle-ground of life
Last Line: And into its tumult and pain you go.
Subject(s): Birth; Children; Child Birth; Midwifery; Childhood


ONLY OF THEE AND ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Only of thee and me the night wind speaks
Last Line: Only of thee and me.
Subject(s): Love


OWEN SEAMAN; ESTABLISHES ENTENE CORDIALE IN MANNER GUY WETMORE CARRYL    Poem Text    
First Line: Of all the mismated pairs ever created
Last Line: Is apt to be sauce for the propaganda.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Carryl, Guy Wetmore (1873-1904); Life; Quarrels; Seaman, Owen, Sir (1861-1936); Arguments; Disagreements


PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: At peace'? The world has never been at peace
Last Line: And peace no slothful, placid mockery.
Subject(s): Social Protest; War


POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: God made the world with rhythm and rime
Last Line: The world god made with rhythm and rime.
Subject(s): Jews; Poetry & Poets; Judaism


PORTRAIT OF A MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: What nudity is beautiful as this
Last Line: Become the slave of what his slaves create.
Subject(s): Machinery And Machinists; Perfection


PORTRAIT OF AN OLD CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: What vigor raised those spires; what joyful hand
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


PRAYER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: God, though this life is but a wraith
Last Line: God, keep me still unsatisfied.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


PRAYER FOR COURAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I long for what I know
Last Line: The bright conviction of the stars.
Subject(s): Faith; Prayer; Belief; Creed


PRAYER FOR THIS HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: May nothing evil cross this door
Last Line: And hold love in.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


PRAYER IN CORNWALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, when the mind that is agile
Subject(s): Prayer


PROTESTS (AFTER A PAINTING BY HUGO BALLIN)    Poem Text    
First Line: Something impelled her from the / hearth
Last Line: And all the sudden singing skies!
Subject(s): Social Protest


RAPUNZEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Let down your hair
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


REBELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Stiff in midsummer green, the stolid hillsides
Last Line: "swiftly we live and splendidly we die."
Subject(s): Trees


RETURN TO THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When cities prod me with demands
Last Line: Gratefully I return to birds
Subject(s): Birds; Language


REVEILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: What sudden bugle calls us in the night
Last Line: And answer it -- and go.
Subject(s): Patriotism


REVELATION    Poem Text    
First Line: September-and an afternoon
Last Line: And the heavens, a jubilant chorus, are flushed with the fires of song!
Subject(s): Calm; Peace; Silence; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility


RHETORIC    Poem Text    
First Line: This is man's noblest edifice. All else
Last Line: Beats futile hands on vague, invisible walls.
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


ROAST LEVIATHAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Old jews!' well, david, aren't we?
Last Line: Jeered at? Well, let them laugh.
Subject(s): Angels; Feasts; Fights; God; Jews; Monsters; Judaism


ROBERT FROST RELATES THE DEATH OF THE TIRED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: There were two of us left in the berry patch
Last Line: "he never knew 'em. He was just tired,"" he said."
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Poetry & Poets


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Romance with firm and eager tread
Subject(s): Love; Longing


SOLDIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Gay flags flying down the street
Last Line: And the screaming fife exults!
Subject(s): Protest, Social; Soldiers; War


SONG TOURNAMENT: NEW STYLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain, said the first, as it falls in venice
Last Line: At the shrine of the poetry contest in kansas.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Tournaments


SONGS AND THE POET (FOR SARA TEASDALE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing of the rose or of the mire; sing strife
Last Line: Grows sweet with peace.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Teasdale, Sara (1884-1933)


SPRING ON BROADWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Make way for spring- / spring that's a stranger in the city
Last Line: Make way!
Subject(s): Flowers; Seasons; Spring


STEEL MILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The core of him is hate
Last Line: War! War!
Subject(s): Hate; Mills & Millers; Steel


STRIKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the mud and scum of things
Last Line: Nothing shall keep us dumb!
Subject(s): Insanity; Labor Unions; Social Protest; Strikes; Madness; Mental Illness; Labor Disputes; Lockouts


SUMMER NIGHT-BROADWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Night is the city's disease
Last Line: Looking for children to sing to.
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City; Cities; Injustice; Urban Life


SUMMONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The eager night and the impetuous winds
Last Line: Seeking the lost cause and the brave defeat.
Subject(s): Aging; Messengers; Nature - Religious Aspects; Spring; Voices


SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was sunday-/ eleven in the morning; people were at / church
Last Line: It was sunday!
Subject(s): Insanity; Marching & Marches; Sabbath; Social Protest; Madness; Mental Illness; Sunday


SUNDAY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tossing throughout this tense and / nervous night
Last Line: Groping, with restless anger, for a prayer.
Subject(s): Insomnia; Night; Sleeplessness; Bedtime


SWIMMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I took the crazy short-cut to the bay
Last Line: And death, a long and vivid holiday.
Subject(s): Death; Swimming & Swimmers; Dead, The; Swimmers


TANGENTIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The eyes of more than tilbury town
Last Line: In which another star had risen.
Subject(s): Hermits


TEN YEARS OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: A city child, rooms are to him no mere
Last Line: "richard! Get through! And put your stockings on."
Subject(s): Children; Cities; Childhood; Urban Life


THANKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank god for this bright frailty of life
Last Line: Before the winds of joy that speed the suns
Subject(s): Thanksgiving


THE BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: You are my holy city, my beloved
Subject(s): Love


THE DARK CHAMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: The brain forgets but the blood will remember
Last Line: The music, the silence. . . . These will remain
Subject(s): Love; Love - Nature Of


THE DYING DECADENT    Poem Text    
First Line: And when the evening came he fell asleep
Last Line: Calling on things that he had long forgot.
Subject(s): Dreams; Immortality; Sleep; Nightmares


THE FLAMING CIRCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Though for fifteen years you have chaffed me across the table
Last Line: This pain of possession that frees and encircles us both?
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE GREAT CAROUSAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, do not think me dead when I
Last Line: The rich eternity of death.
Subject(s): Happiness; Immortality; Laughter; Soul; Joy; Delight


THE HERETIC: 1. BLASPHEMY    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not envy god
Last Line: Alone—through all eternity—alone.
Subject(s): Heresy; Heretics


THE HERETIC: 2. IRONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why are the things that have no death
Last Line: And so he dies.
Subject(s): Irony; Mankind; Human Race


THE HERETIC: 3. MOCKERY    Poem Text    
First Line: God, I return to you on april days
Last Line: For this, o god, my silence -- and my doubt.
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE HERETIC: 4. HUMILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh god, if I have ever been / so filled with ignorance and sin
Last Line: A faith that flaunts its very disbelief.
Subject(s): Humility


THE LAUGHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring! / and her hidden bugles up the street
Last Line: Hailing the spring!
Subject(s): Spring


THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Down the long road we went
Subject(s): Love


THE SHELL TO THE PEARL    Poem Text    
First Line: Grow not so fast, glow not so warm
Last Line: Cling close, my child.
Subject(s): Child Care; Youth; Baby Sitters; Governesses


THE STIRRUP-CUP    Poem Text    
First Line: Your eyes - and a thousand stars
Last Line: And where is the thing to defeat me!
Subject(s): Courage; Valor; Bravery


THE VICTORY OF THE BEET-FIELDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Green miles of leafy peace are spread
Subject(s): Beets; Rain


THE WAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was the sea again! The laughing sea
Last Line: Sweeping me out of languor back to life.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE WINE OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Come,drink the mystic wine of night
Last Line: With faith and fire!
Subject(s): Despair; Drinks & Drinking; War; Wine


THE WISE WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: His eyes grow hot, his words grow wild
Last Line: Who understands him.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Marriage; Male-female Relations; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE YOUNG MYSTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat together close and warm
Last Line: "I saw him strike a match!"
Subject(s): Lightning; Storms; Youth; Lightning Rods


TO A GENTLEMAN REFORMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Keep it - your torn and rotting decency
Last Line: Of life: so frankly carnal -- and so clean.


TO A POMERANIAN PUPPY    Poem Text    
First Line: Often as I strain and stew
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


TO A WAR POET    Poem Text    
First Line: You sang the battle
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


TO ARMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can be dull or wrapped in unconcern
Last Line: Out of this arrogant and blundering age.
Subject(s): Social Problems


TRIBUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never will you let me / tire of leaping passion
Last Line: Rough-shod over the world!
Subject(s): Love


TWO FUNERALS: 1.    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon a field of shrieking red
Last Line: Began to grin.
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Dead, The; Burials


TWO FUNERALS: 2.    Poem Text    
First Line: Facing a cold and sneering sky
Last Line: Are laughing still.
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Death; Funerals; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Dead, The; Burials


VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: All day with anxious heart and wondering ear
Last Line: The speech and music of immortal things.
Subject(s): Country Life


WATERS OF BABYLON    Poem Text    
First Line: What presses about us here in the evening
Last Line: Let the night be. Close the window, beloved. . . . Come here.
Subject(s): Love; Religion; Theology


YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Is this your body that my fingers touch?
Last Line: And my white dream of peace.
Subject(s): Beauty; Love


YOU SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: You said, 'I will put a glowing armor about you'
Last Line: Keep your answer awhile . . . Yet awhile . . . I am coming to you.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of