Treasure Island

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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A Minor Poet

I am a shell. From me you shall not hear
The splendid tramplings of insistent drums,
The orbed gold of the viol's voice that comes,
Heavy with radiance, languorous and clear.
Yet, if you hold me close against the ear,
A dim, far whisper rises clamorously,
The thunderous beat and passion of the sea,
The slow surge of the tides that drown the mere.

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