Allen Tate

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

Quotations

  • ''I suck in smoke! I smile at grimy mirth,
    And laugh to think that you had parried death.''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Fair Cuirass Shattered."
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  • ''every son-of-a-bitch is Christ, at least Rousseau....''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Retroduction to American History."
  • ''For intellect is a mansion where waste is without drain....''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Retroduction to American History."
  • ''The innocent mansion of a panther's heart!''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Idiot."
  • ''The twilight is long fingers and black hair.''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Long Fingers."
  • ''For Pope's tight back was rather a goat's than man's.''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet. Mr. Pope (l. 4). . . Collected Poems, 1919-1976 [Allen Tate]. (1989) Louisiana State University Press.
  • ''The Spring I seek is in a new face only.''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "These Deathy Leaves."
  • ''They sough the rumour of mortality.''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ode to the Confederate Dead."
  • ''The moon will run all consciences to cover....''
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ditty."

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Art

When you are come by ways emptied of light
You'll say goodby, in that indifferent gloom,
To the quick draughts of old, yet with polite
Anguish of pride recall as an heirloom
A dawn when stars dropped gold about your head
And, so amazed, you knew not were you dead.

For, brother, know that this is art, and you
With a cold incautious sorrow stricken dumb,

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