Stephen Vincent Benet

(1898 - 1943 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Quotations

  • ''I have fallen in love with American names,''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Seine and Piave are silver spoons,
    But the spoonbowl-metal is thin and worn,''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 6-7). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I am tired of loving a foreign muse.''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 20). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Lincoln, six feet one in his stocking feet,
    The lank man, knotty and tough as a hickory rail,
    Whose hands were always too big for white-kid gloves,
    Whose wit was a coonskin sack of dry, tall tales,
    Whose weathered face was homely as a plowed field.''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. novelist, poet. John Brown's Body (1928).

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The Innovator

(A Pharaoh Speaks.)

I said, "Why should a pyramid
Stand always dully on its base?
I'll change it! Let the top be hid,
The bottom take the apex-place!"
And as I bade they did.

The people flocked in, scores on scores,

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