Robert Graves Quotes

Take your delight in momentariness, Walk between dark and dark—a shining space With the grave's narrowness, though not its peace.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet. Sick Love (l. 10-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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never dare entrust them to a safe For fear they burn a hole through two-foot steel.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet. Spoils (l. 13-14). . . New Yorker Book of Poems, The. (1969) The Viking Press. (Paperback edition of 1974 published by William Morrow & Company).
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When all is over and you march for home, The spoils of war are easily disposed of:
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. Spoils (l. 1-2). . . New Yorker Book of Poems, The. (1969) The Viking Press. (Paperback edition of 1974 published by William Morrow & Company).
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"Are you cold too, poor Pleiads, This frosty night?" "Yes, and so are the Hyads: See us cuddle and hug," says the Pleiads, "All six in a ring: it keeps us warm: We huddle together like birds in a storm:
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. Star-Talk (l. 9-14). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
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Nature, doubtless, has some compelling cause To glut the carriers of her epidemics— Nor did the peach complain.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. The Blue-Fly (l. 18-20). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Magnified one thousand times, the insect Looks farcically human; laugh if you will! Bald head, stage-fairy wings, blear eyes, A caved-in chest, hairy black mandibles, Long spindly thighs.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. The Blue-Fly (l. 6-10). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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There's a cool web of language winds us in, Retreat from too much joy or too much fear: We grow sea-green at last and coldly die In brininess and volubility.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. The Cool Web (l. 9-12). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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There's a cool web of language winds us in, Retreat from too much joy or too much fear.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. The Cool Web, Poems (1927).
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Sigh then, or frown, but leave (as in despair) Motive and end and moral in the air; Nice contradiction between fact and fact Will make the whole read human and exact.
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. The Devil's Advice to Story-tellers (l. 19-22). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Assemble, first, all casual bits and scraps That may shake down into a world perhaps; People this world, by chance created so, With random persons whom you do not know—
Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. The Devil's Advice to Story-tellers (l. 11-14). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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