Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OCTAVES: 16, by EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON



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


Something as one with eyes that look below
The battle-smoke to glimpse the foeman's charge,
We through the dust of downward years may scan
The onslaught that awaits this idiot world
Where blood pays blood for nothing, and where life
Pays life to madness, till at last the ports
Of gilded helplessness be battered through
By the still crash of salvatory steel.






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