Allen Tate Quotes

Alone in the public clearing This private thing was owned by all the town, Though never claimed by us within my hearing.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet. The Swimmers (l. 82-84). . . Collected Poems, 1919-1976 [Allen Tate]. (1989) Louisiana State University Press.
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From her I got but gave no wealthiness: Fleeced I the giver, yet am penniless.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Debt."
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the uncomfortable angels that rot On the slabs, a wing chipped here, an arm there: The brute curiosity of an angel's stare Turns you, like them, to stone....
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ode to the Confederate Dead."
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the horsemen came Again, all but the leader: it was night Momently and I feared: eleven same Jesus-Christers unmembered and unmade, Whose Corpse had died again in dirty shame.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "The Swimmers."
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A withered silence filled my chest of sorrow With mildewed fancies till she came to me; My world she made of laughter and tomorrow A lonely sail that gemmed a wasted sea.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Debt."
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Leave now The shut gate and the decomposing wall: The gentle serpent, green in the mulberry bush, Riots with his tongue through the hush Sentinel of the grave who counts us all!
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ode to the Confederate Dead."
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The secret ones around a stone Their lips withdrawn in meet surprise Lie still, being naught but bone With naught but space within their eyes....
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "The Traveller."
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The magic sifted whiteness of her mind Coloring life ...
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Debt."
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They sough the rumour of mortality.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ode to the Confederate Dead."
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And a dark shift within the bone Brings him the end he could not find.
Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "The Traveller."
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