Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AFTER READING 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA', by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON



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AFTER READING 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA', by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As when the hunt by holt and field
Last Line: Than be alive to-night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Cleopatra, Queen Of Egypt (69-30 B.c.); Sea; Ocean


AS when the hunt by holt and field
Drives on with horn and strife,
Hunger of hopeless things pursues
Our spirits throughout life.

The sea's roar fills us aching full
Of objectless desire --
The sea's roar, and the white moon-shine,
And the reddening of the fire.

Who talks to me of reason now?
It would be more delight
To have died in Cleopatra's arms
Than be alive to-night.





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