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Quotation by Gwendolyn Brooks
I swear to keep the dead upon my mind,/Disdain for all time to be overglad./Among spring flowers, under summer trees./By chilling autumn waters, in the frosts/Of supercilious winter—all my days/I'll have as mentors those reproving ghosts.
Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), African American poet and fiction writer. "Gay Chaps at the Bar: mentors," lines 3-8 (1945).
The speaker is an African American soldier who has survived wartime service and seen many of his comrades die.
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