Allen Tate

(19 November 1899 - 9 February 1979 / Winchester, Kentucky)

Allen Tate Poems

1. Ditty 4/21/2010
2. Farewell To Anactoria 4/21/2010
3. Fragment Of A Meditation 4/21/2010
4. Homily 4/21/2010
5. Horatian Epode To The Duchess Of Malfi 4/21/2010
6. Correspondences 4/21/2010
7. Message From Abroad 4/21/2010
8. More Sonnets At Christmas I 4/21/2010
9. More Sonnets At Christmas Ii 4/21/2010
10. More Sonnets At Christmas Iii 4/21/2010
11. More Sonnets At Christmas Iv 4/21/2010
12. Sonnets Of The Blood Ii 4/21/2010
13. Sonnets Of The Blood Iii 4/21/2010
14. Sonnets Of The Blood Ix 4/21/2010
15. Sonnets Of The Blood V 4/21/2010
16. Sonnets Of The Blood V 4/21/2010
17. Sonnets Of The Blood Vi 4/21/2010
18. Sonnets Of The Blood Vii 4/21/2010
19. Sonnets Of The Blood Vii 4/21/2010
20. Sonnets Of The Blood Viii 4/21/2010
21. The Trout Map 4/21/2010
22. Causerie 4/21/2010
23. Jubilo 4/21/2010
24. Sonnets Of The Blood I 4/21/2010
25. Pastoral 4/21/2010
26. Records 4/21/2010
27. Retroduction To American History 4/21/2010
28. The Anabasis 4/21/2010
29. Inside And Outside 4/21/2010
30. Eclogue Of The Liberal And The Poet 4/21/2010
31. A Pauper 4/21/2010
32. The Ancestors 4/21/2010
33. Ignis Fatuus 4/21/2010
34. Light 4/21/2010
35. Obituary 4/21/2010
36. Sonnet To Beauty 4/21/2010
37. Sonnets At Christmas I 4/21/2010
38. The Progress Of Œnia 4/21/2010
39. Aeneas At Washington 4/21/2010
40. Elegy 4/21/2010
Best Poem of Allen Tate

Ode To The Confederate Dead

Row after row with strict impunity
The headstones yield their names to the element,
The wind whirrs without recollection;
In the riven troughs the splayed leaves
Pile up, of nature the casual sacrament
To the seasonal eternity of death;
Then driven by the fierce scrutiny
Of heaven to their election in the vast breath,
They sough the rumour of mortality.

Autumn is desolation in the plot
Of a thousand acres where these memories grow
From the inexhaustible bodies that are not
Dead, but feed the grass row after rich row.
Think of the autumns that have ...

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Correspondences

(From the French of Charles Baudelaire)

All nature is a temple where the alive
Pillars breathe often a tremor of mixed words;
Man wanders in a forest of accords
That peer familiarly from each ogive.

Like thinning echoes tumbling to sleep beyond
In a unity umbrageous and infinite,

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