Allen Tate Quotes

Then with the careless energy Of a dream, the forward curse Of a cold particular eye In the headlong hearse.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Light."
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Say never the strong heart In the consuming breath Cries out unto the dark The skinny death.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "The Eagle."
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The poet is he who fights on the passionate Side and whoever loses he wins; when he Is defeated it is hard to say who wins....
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Aeneas at New York."
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Last night I fled until I came To streets where leaking casements dripped Stale lamplight from the corpse of flame; A nervous window bled.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Light."
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Only the gaunt fierce bird Flies, merciless with fear Lest air hold him not, Beats up the scaffold of space Sick of the world's rot God's hideous face.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "The Eagle."
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The use of arms is ownership Of the appropriate gun. It is ownership that brings Victory that is not hinted at in "Das Kapital." I think there is never but one true war So let us as you desire perfect our trade.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Aeneas at New York."
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As must have rung the harvest-song of Linos Of bloody water in a heap of stones.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Lityerses."
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I see the horses and the sad streets Of my childhood in an agate eye Roving, under the clean sheets, Over a black hole in the sky.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "The Eye."
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Struck in the wet mire Four thousand leagues from the ninth buried city I thought of Troy, what we had built her for.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Aeneas at Washington."
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The twilight is long fingers and black hair.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Long Fingers."
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