Richard Wilbur Quotes

A devil told me it was all the same Whether to fail by spirit or by sense.
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. A Voice from under the Table (l. 39-40). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
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Wisely watch for the sight Of the supernova burgeoning over the barn, Lampshine blurred in the steam of beasts, the spirit's right Oasis, light incarnate.
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. "A World without Objects Is a Sensible Emptiness," (l. 25-28). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The tall camels of the spirit Steer for their deserts,
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. "A World without Objects Is a Sensible Emptiness," (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Beasts in their major freedom Slumber in peace tonight.
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Beasts (l. 1-2). . . Poetry: Past and Present. Frank Brady and Martin Price, eds. (1974) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
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But ceremony never did conceal, Save to the silly eye, which all allows, How much we are the woods we wander in.
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Ceremony (l. 4-6). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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What's lightly hid is deepest understood,
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Ceremony (l. 15). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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We milk the cow of the world,
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Epistemology (l. 3). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
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Kick at the rock, Sam Johnson, break your bones:
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Epistemology (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
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All cries are thin and terse; The field has droned the summer's final mass; A cricket like a dwindled hearse Crawls from the dry grass.
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Exeunt (l. 5-8). . . Poems That Live Forever. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1965) Doubleday & Company.
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Even when seen from near, the olive shows A hue of far away. Perhaps for this The dove brought olive back, a tree which grows Unearthly pale, which ever dims and dries, And whose great thirst, exceeding all excess, Teaches the South it is not paradise.
Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Grasse: The Olive Trees (l. 25-30). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
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