Yvor Winters quotes

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And you are here beside me, small,
Contained and fragile, and intent
On things that I but half recall--
The rain of matter upon sense
Destroys me momently. The score:
There comes what will come.
Professors of literature, who for the most part are genteel but mediocre men, can make but a poor defense of their profession, and ...
Metal, intrinsic value, deep and dense,
Preanimate, inimitable, still,
What calm catastrophe will yet assuage
This final drouth of penitential tears?
By practice and conviction formed,
With ancient stubbornness ingrained,
Reptilian green the wrinkled throat,
Green as a bough of yew the beard;
He bent his head, and so I smote;
And one rose in a tent of sea and gave
A darkening shudder; water fell away;
Far out of sight forever stands the sea,
Bounding the land with pale tranquillity.
The land is numb.
It stands beneath the feet, and one may come
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