Mark Van Doren
Mark Van Doren Poems
- Nothing Stays Nothing stays not even change, That can grow ...
- After Long Drought After long drought, commotion in the sky; ...
- Spring Thunder Listen, The wind is still, And far away in ...
- Our Lady Peace How far is it to peace, the piper sighed, The...
- He Loves Me That God should love me is more wonderful Than ...
- Morning Worship I wake and hearing it raining. Were I dead, ...
- The Deepest Dream The deepest dream is of mad governors, ...
Nationally famous as a novelist, playwright, critic, editor, and poet (his Collected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940), at the College Van Doren is also remembered as the quintessential great teacher. In his nearly four decades at Columbia, Van Doren introduced generations to Western literature and became a trusted friend and advisor to students and fellow teachers.
Born in Hope, Illinois, Van Doren came to Columbia just as the College was reinventing its curriculum after the war. Van Doren was at the core of the original band of young scholars who taught Erskine's General Honors course in the early 1920s. Years later, as a professor, Van Doren headed a crucial planning ... more »
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not even change,
That can grow tired
of it's own name;
The very thought
too much for it.
Somewhere in air
a stillness is,
So far, so thin-
But let it alone.
Whoever we are
it is not for us