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Tate, John Orley Allen    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
131 poems available by this author


ADAPTATION OF A THEME BY CATULLUS       
First Line: Past towns, states, deserts, hills and rivers borne


AENEAS AT NEW YORK       
First Line: You have sir said it well but I have if
Subject(s): Aeneas; Mythology - Classical; New York City


AENEAS AT WASHINGTON    Poem Text    
First Line: I myself saw furious with blood
Subject(s): Aeneas; Mythology - Classical; Washington, D.c.


AENEAS AT WASHINGTON       
First Line: I myself saw furious with blood
Last Line: I thought of troy, what we had built her for
Subject(s): Aeneas; Mythology - Classical; Washington, D.c.


ANABASIS       
First Line: Noble beyond degree


ANCESTORS       
First Line: When the night's coming and the last light falls


ART       
First Line: When you are come by ways emptied of light


BATTLE OF MURFREESBORO, 1862-1922    Poem Text    
First Line: He shakes the dust from off his feet
Last Line: And skyscrapers tower in far new york.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Murfreesboro, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


BIZARRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you remember how last year we walked
Last Line: Their tone is light because they could not be!


BORED TO CHORESIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Inert and in the twilight ... Peace is not hers
Last Line: Choreographic and polynesian.
Subject(s): Boredom; Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets; Ennui


BRIEF MESSAGE       
First Line: This, warren, is our trouble now


BURIED LAKE       
First Line: Lady of light, I would admit a dream
Last Line: I knew that I had known enduring love


CALIDUS JUVENTA?    Poem Text    
First Line: We are afraid that we have not lived
Last Line: In a palsied age.
Subject(s): Life


CAUSERIE       
First Line: What are the springs of sleep? What is the motion


COLD PASTORAL       
First Line: Walk in this faithless grass with studious tread


CREDO IN INTELLECTUM VIDENTEM       
First Line: I can't revise these manners but I think


CROSS       
First Line: There is a place that some men know
Last Line: Who would come back is turned a fiend %instructed by the fiery dead


CUL-DE-SAC    Poem Text    
First Line: God took a crayon in his hand
Last Line: And only god knows what they said.


DAY       
First Line: Chariot so strict chariot


DEATH OF LITTLE BOYS       
First Line: When little boys grown patient at last, weary
Last Line: There is a calm for you where men and women %unroll the chill precision of moving feet


DEBT    Poem Text    
First Line: A withered silence filled my chest of sorrow
Last Line: Fleeced I the giver, yet am penniless.
Subject(s): Relationships


DITTY       
First Line: The moon will run all consciences to cover
Last Line: Tuck in their eyes, and cover %the flying dark with sleep like falling leaves


DUSK       
First Line: Day hot in the terror of her head


EAGER YOUTHS TO A DEAD GIRL       
First Line: This girl borrowed no dim light of a star


EAGLE       
First Line: Say never the strong heart


ECLOGUE OF THE LIBERAL AND THE POET       
First Line: In that place, shepherd, all the men are dead


EDGES    Poem Text    
First Line: I've often wondered why she laughed
Last Line: Beholding what was cavernous.
Subject(s): Relationships


ELEGY FOR EUGENESIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Your death, dear lady, was quite cold
Last Line: As I light this cigarette - and under an inscrutable curse.


ELEGY ON JEFFERSON DAVIS    Poem Text    
First Line: No more the white refulgent streets
Last Line: Orestes fled in night and day.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Consolation; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); U.s. - History; Confederacy


EMBLEMS       
First Line: Maryland, virginia, caroline %pent images in sleep
Last Line: Of august strikes like a hawk the crouching hare


EUTHANASIA    Poem Text    
First Line: No more the white refulgent streets
Last Line: A scented sorrow, corseted!
Subject(s): Euthanasia


EYE       
First Line: I see the horses and the sad streets


FAIR CUIRASS SHATTERED    Poem Text    
First Line: One time I thought that sunset's flaming air
Last Line: And laugh to think that you had parried death.


FALSE NIGHTMARE       
First Line: I give the yawp barbaris


FAREWELL REHEARSED       
First Line: Come to me darling little ben


FAREWELL TO ANACTORIA       
First Line: Never the tramp of foot or horse


FIRST EPILOGUE TO OENIA       
First Line: Whatever I have said to praise
Last Line: Of a spent wind in a winter tree


FOR A DEAD CITIZEN       
First Line: He was the finest of our happy men


FRAGMENT OF A MEDITATION       
First Line: Not yet the thirtieth year, the thirtieth


HISTORICAL EPITAPHS       
First Line: Jefferson had many charms


HITCH YOUR WAGON TO A STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: The dull conclave of crows'-footed faces
Last Line: Emptying a smile on redkey, indiana.


HOMILY       
First Line: If your tired unspeaking head


HORATIAN EPODE TO THE DUCHESS OF MALFI    Poem Text    
First Line: The stage is about to be swept of corpses
Last Line: And the katharsis fades in the warm water of a yawn.
Subject(s): Webster, John (1580-1625)


IDIOT       
First Line: The idiot greens the meadow with his eyes


IDYL       
First Line: In a valley late bees with whining gold


INSIDE AND OUTSIDE       
First Line: Now twenty-four or maybe twenty-five


INTELLECTUAL DETACHMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the man who classified the bits
Last Line: It turned on him - he's dead. Shall we detest him?
Subject(s): Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


IVORY TOWER       
First Line: Let us begin to understand the argument
Last Line: To strict rapunzel to let down her hair


JOHN BROWN       
Subject(s): Abolitionists; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery


JOHN MILTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Your mind was wrought in cosmic solitude
Last Line: Me not with goodness, but with thundering verse.
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674)


JUBILO       
First Line: Tail-spinning from the shelves of sky
Subject(s): War


LAST DAYS OF ALICE       
First Line: Alice grown lazy, mammoth but not fat
Last Line: Let us be evil, could we enter in %your grace, and falter on the stony path!


LIGHT       
First Line: Last night I fled until I came


LITYERSES       
First Line: Twilight stifled the valley wearily


LONG FINGERS       
First Line: The twilight is long fingers and black hair
Last Line: Once touched long fingers, which are not anything
Subject(s): Fingers


LYCAMBES TALKS TO JOHN (IN HELL)       
First Line: Why that wild poet came to me to damn me
Last Line: Ethereal passion: I know it by your laughter
Subject(s): Archilochus (7th Century B.c.); Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry And Poets


MADNESS       
First Line: The wardrobe towers above the table lamp
Last Line: Who rearranges with impartial feet %the silence in the caverns of a skull
Variant Title(s): Longitud
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Old Age; Rooms


MAIMED MAN       
First Line: Didactic laurel, loose your reasoning leaf


MARY MCDONALD       
First Line: Mary mcdonald, I met you in the street


MEANING OF DEATH       
First Line: I rise, gentlemen, it is the pleasant hour


MEANING OF LIFE       
First Line: Think about it at will: there is that


MEDITERRANEAN       
First Line: Where we went in the boat was a long bay
Last Line: Rot on the vine: in that land were we born
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea


MESSAGE FROM ABROAD       
First Line: What years of the other times, what centuries


MORE SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS (TEN YEARS LATER): 1       
First Line: Again the native hour lets down the locks
Last Line: This crucial day, whose decapitate joke %languidly winds into the inner ear
Subject(s): Christmas; War


MORE SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS (TEN YEARS LATER): 2       
First Line: The day's at end and there's nowhere to go
Last Line: Well-milked chinese, negroes who cannot sing, %the huns gelded and feeding in a ring
Subject(s): Christmas; War


MORE SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS (TEN YEARS LATER): 3       
First Line: Give me this day a faith not personal
Last Line: Is of an enemy in remote oceans %unstalked by christ: these are the better notions
Subject(s): Christmas; War


MORE SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS (TEN YEARS LATER): 4       
First Line: Citizen, myself, or personal friend
Last Line: Mild-mannered, gifted in your masters' ease %while the sun squats upon the waveless seas
Subject(s): Christmas; War


MOTHER AND SON       
First Line: Now all day long the man who is not dead
Last Line: The bright wallpaper, imperishably old, %uncurls and flutters, it will never fall


MR. POPE    Poem Text    
First Line: When alexander pope strolled in the city
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


MR. POPE       
First Line: When alexander pope strolled in the city
Last Line: One cannot say: around a crooked tree %a moral clims whose name should be a wreath
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


NON OMNIS MORIAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I ask you: has the singer sung
Last Line: Death frames the singer and the song.
Subject(s): Death; Dramatists; Ford, John (1586-1639); Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The


NUPTIALS    Poem Text    
First Line: When noon-time comes the whistle blows
Last Line: Hauled away.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


OATH       
First Line: It was near evening, the room was cold
Last Line: On a rock crying: who are the dead? %then lytle turned with an oath - by god it's true!


OBITUARY; IN MEM. S.B.V. 1834-1909       
First Line: So what the lame four-poster gathered here
Last Line: Whose faces are sweet names %for the life-blood that labors you so much


ODE TO FEAR       
First Line: Let the day glare, o memory, your tread
Subject(s): Fear


ODE TO OUR YOUNG PRO-CONSULS OF THE AIR       
First Line: Once more the country calls
Subject(s): War


ODE TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Row after row with strict impunity
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Graveyards; Confederacy


ODE TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD       
First Line: Row after row with strict impunity
Last Line: Riots with his tongue through the hush- %sentinel of the grave who counts us all!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History


PARADIGM       
First Line: For when they meet, the tensile air
Last Line: This is their equity in birth, %hate is its ignorant paradigm


PARTHENIA    Poem Text    
First Line: With pale green hopes and the gay colors flying
Last Line: Scourging the night and gathering the day.
Subject(s): Suicide; Virginity; Vestals


PASTORAL       
First Line: The enquiring fields, couresies


PAUPER       
First Line: I see him old, trapped in a burly house
Last Line: Deaf to the measured pathos of the air


PERIMETERS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cold morning the rested street stands up
Last Line: There will be staring and drinks without taste.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PREVIGILIUM VENERIS       
First Line: Cras amet qui nunquam amavit quique amavit cras amet


PROCESSION       
First Line: Faster, faster with no loss of ritual


PROGRESS OF OENIA       
First Line: Seed in your heart, warm dust transmuted


QUALITY OF MERCY       
First Line: You will not forswear the bargainings


RECORDS       
First Line: At nine years a sickly boy lay down


RED STAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: In a pyloned desert where the scorpion reigns
Last Line: Her calm steel eyes, her earth-old throat of honey!


REFLECTIONS IN AN OLD HOUSE       
First Line: When death draws down the blinds in this old house


RESURGAM       
First Line: Life stood on the top stair a moment


RETRODUCTION TO AMERICAN HISTORY       
First Line: Cats walk the floor at midnight, that enemy of fog


ROBBER BRIDEGROOM       
First Line: Turn back. Turn, young lady dear


SEASONS OF THE SOUL       
First Line: Summer, this is our flesh
Last Line: Whether your kindness, mother %is mother of silences


SEASONS OF THE SOUL: 2. AUTUMN       
First Line: It had an autumn smell
Last Line: For him whose vision froze %him in the empty hall


SHADOW AND SHADE       
First Line: The shadow streamed into the wall
Last Line: I said, lest we should die alone


SINBAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I sailed too long over that monstered ocean
Last Line: But the roc . . .


SONNET       
First Line: Could I be sure that I shall see the day


SONNET TO BEAUTY       
First Line: The wonder of light is your familiar tale


SONNET TO THE PORTRAIT OF HART CRANE       
First Line: Unweathered stone beneath a rigid mane
Last Line: A bitter rose falls on a marble stair
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Crane, Hart (1899-1932); Portraits


SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the day his hour of life draws near
Subject(s): Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS: 1       
First Line: This is the day his hour of life draws near
Last Line: Ring out the silence I am nourished by
Subject(s): Christmas; Religion


SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, christ, I love you rings to the wild sky
Variant Title(s): "ah Christ, I Love You Rings To The Wild Sky"";
Subject(s): Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


SONNETS AT CHRISTMAS: 2       
First Line: Ah, christ, I love you rings to the wild sky
Last Line: In late december before the fire's daze %punished by crimes of which I would be quit
Variant Title(s): Ah Christ, I Love You Rings To The Wild Sk
Subject(s): Christmas; Religion


SONNETS OF THE BLOOD       
First Line: What is the flesh and blood compounded of


STRANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the village where the funeral
Last Line: The night drops down with sullen grace.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


SUBWAY       
First Line: Dark accurate plunger down the successive knell
Last Line: Dazed, while the wordless heavens bulge and reel %in the cold revery of an idiot


SUICIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have felt darkness lead me by the hand
Last Line: A light, a twisted thought, a shattered brain.
Subject(s): Suicide


SULPICIA TO CERINTHUS       
First Line: Ne tibi sim, mea lux, aeque iam fervida cura


SWIMMERS       
First Line: Kentucky water, clear springs: a boy fleeing
Last Line: Though never claimed by us within my hearing


TERCETS OF THE TRIAD       
First Line: This winter's revolt of the unbellied trees


THE FLAPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: All night long the darling daughter squirms
Last Line: The canto amoroso of her hips.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Youth


THE MEDITERRANEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Where we went in the boat was a long bay
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea


THE SCREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dusk creeps in the parted shutter
Last Line: I have lived for, a lonely customer.
Subject(s): Death - Animals


THE WOLVES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are wolves in the next room waiting
Subject(s): Wolves


THESE DEATHY LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Though the grey year scatter these deathy leaves
Last Line: With a quick sculpture of a fresh grace.
Subject(s): Leaves; Winter


TO A PRODIGAL OLD MAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing now no hymn nor chant a dirge
Last Line: To have come a springtime since.
Subject(s): Spinsters; Old Maids


TO A ROMANTIC       
First Line: You hold your eager head
Last Line: The dead are those who lies %were doors to a narrow house
Variant Title(s): Advice To A Young Romanticis
Subject(s): Advice


TO A ROMANTIC NOVELIST       
First Line: Now that you've written it


TO THE LACEDEMONIANS       
First Line: The people - people of my kind, my own


TO THE ROMANTIC TRADITIONISTS       
First Line: I have looked at them long


TRAVELLER       
First Line: The afternoon with heavy hours
Last Line: And the dark shift within the bone %brings him the end he could not find


TROUT MAP       
First Line: The management area of cherokee
Last Line: Now mapless the mountains were a dream
Subject(s): Rivers


TRUE BELIEVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Young abdul scorched in fire of a desert sun
Last Line: And drew his scimitar and hacked his bones.


TWELVE       
First Line: There by some wrinkled stones round a leafless tree
Last Line: To the mind's briefer and more desert place


TWO CONCEITS       
First Line: Sing a song of 'sistence


UNNATURAL LOVE       
First Line: Landor, not that I doubt your word


VISION BEATIFIC       
First Line: You may walk among fuchsias unloud


WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now william pulled the lever down
Last Line: With a lot of psychoanalytic lust.
Subject(s): Blake, William (1757-1827)


WINTER MASK       
First Line: Towards nightfall when the wind


WOLVES       
First Line: There are wolves in the next room waiting
Last Line: Like a bearded spider on a sunlit floor, %will snarl - and man can never be alone
Subject(s): Wolves