Theodore Roethke Quotes

Last night you lay a-sleeping? No! The room was thirty-five below; The sheets and blankets turned to snow. MHe'd got in: Dirty Dinky.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Dinky (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
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And I have seen dust from the walls of institutions, Finer than flour, alive, more dangerous than silica, Sift, almost invisible, through long afternoons of tedium,
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Dolor (l. 9-11). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
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I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils, Neat in their boxes, dolor of pad and paper-weight, All the misery of manilla folders and mucilage, Desolation in immaculate public places,
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Dolor (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
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If only I could nudge you from this sleep, My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon. Over this damp grave I speak the words of my love: I, with no rights in this matter, Neither father nor lover.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Elegy for Jane (l. 18-22). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils; And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile; And how, once startled into talk, the light syllables leaped for her.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Elegy for Jane (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Like witches they flew along rows Keeping creation at ease; With a tendril for needle They sewed up the air with a stem;
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze (l. 19-22). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I remember how they picked me up, a spindly kid, Pinching and poking my thin ribs Till I lay in their laps, laughing, Weak as a whiffet;
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze (l. 26-29). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I knew a woman, lovely in her bones, When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them; Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one;
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. I Knew a Woman (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake, Coming behind her for her pretty sake (But what prodigious mowing we did make).
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. I Knew a Woman (l. 12-15). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I swear she cast a shadow white as stone. But who would count eternity in days? These old bones live to learn her wanton ways: (I measure time by how a body sways.)
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. I Knew a Woman (l. 25-28). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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