Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CRAFTSMAN, by MARCUS B. CHRISTIAN



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THE CRAFTSMAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I ply with all the cunning of my art
Last Line: "he who creates true beauty ever lives."
Subject(s): Art & Artists


I ply with all the cunning of my art
This little thing, and with consummate care
I fashion it -- so that when I depart,
Those who come after me shall find it fair
And beautiful. It must be free of flaws --
Pointing no laborings of weary hands;
And there must be no flouting of the laws
Of beauty -- as the artist understands.
Through passion, yearnings infinite -- yet dumb --
I lift you from the depths of my own mind
And gild you with my soul's white heat to plumb
The souls of future men. I leave behind
This thing that in return this solace gives:
"He who creates true beauty ever lives."





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