Stephen Spender Quotes

Ah, like a comet through flame she moves entranced Wrapt in her music no bird song, no, nor bough Breaking with honey buds, shall ever equal.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Express (l. 25-27). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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She passes the houses which humbly crowd outside, The gasworks and at last the heavy page Of death, printed by gravestones in the cemetery.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Express (l. 5-7). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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After the first powerful plain manifesto The black statement of pistons, without more fuss But gliding like a queen, she leaves the station.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Express (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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They think how one life hums, revolves and toils, One cog in a golden singing hive:
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Funeral (l. 13-14). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The decline of a culture Mourned by scholars who dream of the ghosts of Greek boys.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Funeral (l. 19-20). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Death is another milestone on their way. With laughter on their lips and with winds blowing round them They record simply How this one excelled all others in making driving belts.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Funeral (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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they hear the tolling bell Reaching across the landscape of hysteria,
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Landscape near an Aerodrome (l. 27-28). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
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Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Landscape near an Aerodrome (l. 31). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
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More beautiful and soft than any moth With burring furred antennae feeling its huge path Through dusk, the air liner with shut-off engines Glides over suburbs
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. The Landscape near an Aerodrome (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
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The prose method might be described as that where the writer provides a complete description of all those material factors in the environment which condition his characters. The poetic method sees the centre of consciousness as the point where all that is significant in the surrounding world becomes aware and transformed; the prose method requires a description of that world in order to explain the characteristics of the people in it. The hero of the poetic method is Rimbaud; of the prose method, Balzac.
Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet, critic. The Struggle of the Modern, ch. 5, University of California Press (1963).
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