Allen Tate
The Mediterranean by Allen Tate

The Mediterranean by Allen Tate

Where we went in the boat was a long baya slingshot wide, walled in by towering stone--Peaked margin of antiquity's delay,And we went there out of time's monotone:Where we went in ...

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Light by Allen Tate

Light by Allen Tate

Last night I fled until I cameTo streets where leaking casements drippedStale lamplight from the corpse of flame;A nervous window bled.The moon swagged in the air.Out of the mist ...

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The Meaning Of Death by Allen Tate

The Meaning Of Death by Allen Tate

An After-Dinner SpeechI rise, gentlemen, it is the pleasant hour.Darkness falls. The night falls.Time, fall no more.Let that be life time falls no more. The threatOf time we in ...

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Seasons Of The Soul by Allen Tate

Seasons Of The Soul by Allen Tate

To the memory of John Peale Bishop, 1892-1944Attor porsi la mano un poco avante,e colsi un ramicel da un gran pruno;e U tronco suo gridd: Perchd mi schiante?I. SUMMERSummer, this ...

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Last Days Of Alice by Allen Tate

Last Days Of Alice by Allen Tate

Alice grown lazy, mammoth but not fat,Declines upon her lost and twilight age;Above in the dozing leaves the grinning catQuivers forever with his abstract rage:Whatever light ...

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Winter Mask by Allen Tate

Winter Mask by Allen Tate

To the memory of W. B. YeatsITowards nightfall when the windTries the eaves and casements(A winter wind of the mindLong gathering its will)I lay the mind's contentsBare, as upon a ...

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The Wolves by Allen Tate

The Wolves by Allen Tate

There are wolves in the next room waitingWith heads bent low, thrust out, breathingAt nothing in the dark; between them and meA white door patched with light from the hallWhere it ...

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The Meaning Of Life by Allen Tate

The Meaning Of Life by Allen Tate

A MonologueThink about it at will: there is thatWhich is the commentary; there's that other,Which may be called the immaculateConception of its essence in itself.It is necessary ...

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Unnatural Love by Allen Tate

Unnatural Love by Allen Tate

Landor, not that I doubt your word,That you had strove with noneAt seventy-five and had deferredTo nature and art alone;It is rather that at thirty-twoFrom us I see them partAfter ...

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Death Of Little Boys by Allen Tate

Death Of Little Boys by Allen Tate

When little boys grown patient at last, weary,Surrender their eyes immeasurably to the night,The event will rage terrific as the sea;Their bodies fill a crumbling room with ...

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To A Romantic by Allen Tate

To A Romantic by Allen Tate

To Robert Penn WarrenYou hold your eager headToo high in the air, you walkAs if the sleepy deadHad never fallen to drowseFrom the sublimest talkOf many a vehement house.Your head ...

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The Subway by Allen Tate

The Subway by Allen Tate

Dark accurate plunger down the successive knellOf arch on arch, where ogives burst a redReverberance of hail upon the deadThunder like an exploding crucible!Harshly articulate, ...

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To The Romantic Traditionists by Allen Tate

To The Romantic Traditionists by Allen Tate

I have looked at them long,My eyes blur; sourceless lightKeeps them forever youngBefore our ageing sight.You see them-too strict formsOf will, the secret dignityOf our dissolute ...

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The Eagle by Allen Tate

The Eagle by Allen Tate

Say never the strong heartIn the consuming breathCries out unto the darkThe skinny death.Look! whirring on the rindOf aether a white eagle,Shot out of the mind,The windy apple, ...

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Ode To Fear by Allen Tate

Ode To Fear by Allen Tate

Variation on a Theme by CollinsLet the day glare: O memory, your treadBeats to the pulse of suffocating night-Night peering from his dark but fire-lit headBurns on the day his ...

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The Eye by Allen Tate

The Eye by Allen Tate

To E. E. CummingsI see the horses and the sad streetsOf my childhood in an agate eyeRoving, under the clean sheets,Over a black hole in the sky.The ill man becomes the child,The ...

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The Cross by Allen Tate

The Cross by Allen Tate

There is a place that some men know,I cannot see the whole of itNor how I came there. Long agoFlame burst out of a secret pitCrushing the world with such a lightThe day-sky fell ...

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The Traveller by Allen Tate

The Traveller by Allen Tate

To Archibald MacLeishThe afternoon with heavy hoursLies vacant on the wanderer's sightAnd sunset waits whose cloudy towersExpect the legions of the nightTill sullen thunder from ...

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The Vigil Of Venus by Allen Tate

The Vigil Of Venus by Allen Tate

ITomorrow let loveless, let lover tomorrow make love :O spring, singing spring, spring of the world renew!In spring lovers consent and the birds marryWhen the grove receives in ...

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To The Lacedemonians by Allen Tate

To The Lacedemonians by Allen Tate

An old soldier on the night before the veteransreunion talks partly to himself, partly to imaginary comrades:The people—people of my kind, my ownPeople but strange with a white ...

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The Oath by Allen Tate

The Oath by Allen Tate

It was near evening, the room was coldHalf dark; Uncle Ben's brass bullet-mouldAnd powder-horn and Major Bogan's faceAbove the fire in the half-light plainly said:There's naught ...

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The Twelve by Allen Tate

The Twelve by Allen Tate

There by some wrinkled stones round a leafless treeWith beards askew, their eyes dull and wildTwelve ragged men, the council of charityWandering the face of the earth a fatherless ...

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The Robber Bridegroom by Allen Tate

The Robber Bridegroom by Allen Tate

(Talk between Bird and Girl)Turn back. Turn, young lady dearA murderer's house you enter hereI was wooed and won little bird(I have watched them come bright girlsOut of the rising ...

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Idiot by Allen Tate

Idiot by Allen Tate

The idiot greens the meadow with his eyes,The meadow creeps implacable and still;A dog barks, the hammock swings, he lies.One two three the cows bulge on the hill.Motion that is ...

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Aeneas At  Washington by Allen Tate

Aeneas At Washington by Allen Tate

I myself saw furious with bloodNeoptolemus, at his side the black Atridae,Hecuba and the hundred daughters, PriamCut down, his filth drenching the holy fires.In that extremity I ...

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Shadow And Shade by Allen Tate

Shadow And Shade by Allen Tate

The shadow streamed into the wall-The wall, break-shadow in the blast;We lingered wordless while a tallShade enclouded the shadow's cast.The torrent of the reaching shadeBroke ...

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Mr. Pope by Allen Tate

Mr. Pope by Allen Tate

When Alexander Pope strolled in the cityStrict was the glint of pearl and ''old sedans.Ladies leaned out more out of fear than pityFor Pope's tight back was rather a goat's than ...

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The Paradigm by Allen Tate

The Paradigm by Allen Tate

For when they meet, the tensile airLike fine steel strains under the weightOf messages that both hearts bear-Pure passion once, now purest hate;Till the taut air like a cold ...

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The Ancestors by Allen Tate

The Ancestors by Allen Tate

When the night's coming and the last light fallsA weak child among lost shadows on the floor,It is your listening: pulse heeds the strainOf fore and after, wind shivers the ...

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Elegy by Allen Tate

Elegy by Allen Tate

Jefferson Davis: 1808-1889No more the white refulgent streets.Never the dry hollows of the mindShall he in fine courtesy walkAgain, for death is not unkind.A civil war cast on his ...

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Sonnets At Christmas Ii by Allen Tate

Sonnets At Christmas Ii by Allen Tate

Ah, Christ, I love you rings to the wild skyAnd I must think a little of the past:When I was ten I told a stinking lieThat got a black boy whipped; but now at lastThe going years, ...

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Sonnets Of The Blood Viii by Allen Tate

Sonnets Of The Blood Viii by Allen Tate

Not power nor the casual hand of GodShall keep us whole in our dissevering air,It is a stink upon this pleasant sodSo foul, the hovering buzzard sees it fair;I ask you will it end ...

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False Nightmare by Allen Tate

False Nightmare by Allen Tate

'I give the yawp barbaricOf piety and pelf(Who now reads Herrick?)'And contradict myselfNo matter, the verse is large.My five-and-ten cent shelf'The continent is: my targeBigger ...

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Ode To The Confederate Dead by Allen Tate

Ode To The Confederate Dead by Allen Tate

Row after row with strict impunityThe headstones yield their names to the element,The wind whirrs without recollection;In the riven troughs the splayed leavesPile up, of nature ...

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The Progress Of Œnia by Allen Tate

The Progress Of Œnia by Allen Tate

His dim, ut fama est, vitiis ad proelia ventum est,his Troiana vides funera principiis. PROPERTIUS.I. MADRIGALESeed in your heart, warm dust transmutedGold, blooms in flakes of ...

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Art by Allen Tate

Art by Allen Tate

When you are come by ways emptied of lightYou'll say goodby, in that indifferent gloom,To the quick draughts of old, yet with politeAnguish of pride recall as an heirloomA dawn ...

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Ignis Fatuus by Allen Tate

Ignis Fatuus by Allen Tate

In the twilight of my audacityI saw you flee the world, the burnt highwaysOf summer gave up their light: IFollowed you with the uncommon spanOf fear-supported and disbursed ...

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The Anabasis by Allen Tate

The Anabasis by Allen Tate

In Mem. L. N. L. Ob. MCMXXXIINoble beyond degreeIn a democracy:Slight woman whose spent graceBanishes their visionTo the thin trackless air,Stop now upon the stairAs they have ...

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More Sonnets At Christmas Ii by Allen Tate

More Sonnets At Christmas Ii by Allen Tate

The day's at end and there's nowhere to go,Draw to the fire, even this fire is dying;Get up and once again politely lyingInvite the ladies toward the mistletoeWith greedy eyes ...

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Sonnet To Beauty by Allen Tate

Sonnet To Beauty by Allen Tate

The wonder of light is your familiar tale,Pert wench, down to the nineteenth century:Mr. Rimbaud the Frenchman's apostasyAsserts the argument that you are stale,Flat and ...

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A Pauper by Allen Tate

A Pauper by Allen Tate

. . . and the children's teeth shall be set on edge.I see him old, trapped in a burly houseCold in the angry spitting of a rainCome down these sixty years.Why vehementlyAstride ...

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A Carrion by Allen Tate

A Carrion by Allen Tate

(From the French of Charles Baudelaire)Remember now, my Love, what piteous thingWe saw on a summer's gracious day:By the roadside a hideous carrion, quiveringOn a clean bed of ...

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Mother And Son by Allen Tate

Mother And Son by Allen Tate

Now all day long the man who is not deadHastens the dark with inattentive eyes,The woman with white hand and erect headStares at the covers, leans for the son's repliesAt last to ...

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Ditty by Allen Tate

Ditty by Allen Tate

The moon will run all consciences to cover,Night is now the easy peer of day;Little boys no longer sight the ploverStreaked in the sky, and cattle goWarily out in search of misty ...

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Inside And Outside by Allen Tate

Inside And Outside by Allen Tate

INow twenty-four or maybe twenty-fiveWas the woman's age, and her white brow was sleek;Lips parted in surprise, the flawless cheek;The long brown hair coiled sullenly alive;Her ...

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Obituary by Allen Tate

Obituary by Allen Tate

In memory of S. B. V., 1834-1909... so what the lame four-poster gathered hereBetween the lips of stale and seasoned sheetsStartles a memory sunlit upon the wall(Motors and ...

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Eclogue Of The Liberal And The Poet by Allen Tate

Eclogue Of The Liberal And The Poet by Allen Tate

LIBERALIn that place, shepherd, all the men are dead.POETYes, look at the water grim and blackWhere immense Europa rears her head,Her face pinched and her breasts slack.LIBERALI ...

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Sonnets At Christmas I by Allen Tate

Sonnets At Christmas I by Allen Tate

This is the day His hour of life draws near,Let me get ready from head to foot for itMost handily with eyes to pick the yearFor small feed to reward a feathered wit.Some men would ...

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The Trout Map by Allen Tate

The Trout Map by Allen Tate

The Management Area of CherokeeNational Forest, interested in fish,Has mapped Tellico and Bald RiversAnd North River, with the tributariesBrookshire Branch and Sugar Cove Creek:A ...

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Farewell To Anactoria by Allen Tate

Farewell To Anactoria by Allen Tate

(Sappho)Never the tramp of foot or horse,Nor lusty cries from ship at sea,Shall I call loveliest on the dark earth-My heart moves lovingly.I say that what one loves is best:The ...

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