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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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A Pauper

. . . and the children's teeth shall be set on edge.

I see him old, trapped in a burly house
Cold in the angry spitting of a rain
Come down these sixty years.

Why vehemently
Astride the threshold do I wait, marking
The ice softly pendent on his broken temple?

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