Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, POET AND MERCHANT, by ISABEL FISKE CONANT



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POET AND MERCHANT, by            
First Line: The poet goes ragged
Last Line: "of the merchant, ""he is dead."
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Fame; Money; Reputation


The poet goes ragged;
The merchant wears silk;
He eats patties
While the poet drinks milk.

One cuts coupons,
And one splits hope;
One hawks sonnets,
And one sells soap.

They lie long time
Under a white spread;
I heard them say, "The poet lives";
Of the merchant, "He is dead."





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