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First Line: What is the mission of poesy?
Last Line: The viper spots of human rage.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets

What is the mission of poesy?
Is it to grasp stupendous thought,
To line the visions of our dreams
With glittering stars of phantasies
From distant sky realms rarely caught,
Transforming earthly melodies?

Or is it to invade some glen
Close hidden where a leisure harks
Back to the old primeval ways, --
Where no haste wanders from the throng;
Just vireos, thrushes, meadow larks
Mid scarlet sumac lost in song?

Or is it to idealize
Some sweaty oaf of the market place,
To ploughshare grimy acre plots
Disfigured by the mire of age,
Endow with a redeeming grace
The viper spots of human rage.

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