Louise Bogan quotes

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Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier.
It is not possible, for a poet, writing in any language, to protect himself from the tragic elements in human life.... [ellipsis i ...
Song, like a wing, tears through my breast, my side,
And madness chooses out my voice again,
But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.
The cats will be glad; the fathers feel justified; the mothers
The women rest their tired half-healed hearts; they are almost
You will be again as normal and selfish and heartless as anybody
O fortunate bride, who never again will become elated after
the bare eyes were before me
And the hissing hair,
The measured blood beats out the year's delay.
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