Theodore Roethke Quotes

All lovers live by longing, and endure: Summon a vision and declare it pure.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Vigil (l. 77-78). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Who rise from flesh to spirit know the fall: The word outleaps the world, and light is all.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Vigil (l. 95-96). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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A tree swayed overwater. A voice said: Stay. Stay by the slip-ooze. Stay.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Visitant (l. 2-4). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
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Slow, slow, as a fish she came, Slow as a fish coming forward, Swaying in a long wave; Her skirts not touching a leaf, Her white arms reaching towards me.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Visitant (l. 10-14). . . Poetry in English; an Anthology. M. L. Rosenthal, general ed. (1987) Oxford University Press.
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This shaking keeps me steady. I should know. What falls away is always. And is near. I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I learn by going where I have to go.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Waking (l. 16-19). . . 100 Poems by 100 Poets; an Anthology. Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury, comps. (1986) Grove Press.
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We think by feeling. What is there to know?
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Waking (l. 4). . . 100 Poems by 100 Poets; an Anthology. Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury, comps. (1986) Grove Press.
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I can hear, underground, that sucking and sobbing, In my veins, in my bones I feel it,— The small waters seeping upward, The tight grains parting at last.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. "This urge, wrestle, resurrection of dry sticks," (l. 5-8). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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May you live out your life Without hate, without grief And your hair ever blaze, In the sun, in the sun, When I am undone, When I am no one.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Wish for a Young Wife (l. 6-11). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
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She sailed until the calm morning, Carrying her full cargo of roses.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Big Wind (l. 32-33). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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But she rode it out, That old rose-house, She hove into the teeth of it,
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Big Wind (l. 21-23). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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