Richard Wilbur

(March 1, 1921)

Museum Piece - Poem by Richard Wilbur

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The good gray guardians of art
Patrol the halls on spongy shoes,
Impartially protective, though
Perhaps suspicious of Toulouse.

Here dozes one against the wall,
Disposed upon a funeral chair.
A Degas dancer pirouettes
Upon the parting of his hair.

See how she spins! The grace is there,
But strain as well is plain to see.
Degas loved the two together:
Beauty joined to energy.

Edgar Degas purchased once
A fine El Greco, which he kept
Against the wall beside his bed
To hang his pants on while he slept.


Comments about Museum Piece by Richard Wilbur

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/18/2016 9:56:00 PM)

    against the wall
    Museum teaches history and culture through various kinds of arts...........+++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Tatiana Berdennikova (12/18/2016 6:15:00 AM)

    Museum Piece
    Enjoyed the humour: mundane vs genius. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/18/2016 5:23:00 AM)

    Disposed
    While he slept. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/18/2016 4:51:00 AM)

    tom allport
    I always new it every piece of art has it's place and function. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/18/2016 4:14:00 AM)

    Museum Piece
    This poem gives the ambience of the museum, and art. +++10

    Robert
    (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2007 7:23:00 PM)


    This is a cute piece, decently written, but not a great poem in any way, IMHO. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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