Modern Verse in English, 1900-1950

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And in the bodies drying like dried wood,
Nighted, a center and a solitude,
Is an abiding. O not for life young
Alone seek the old looking hearts that have
Green, green to gaze upon forever this scene,
And look as with the longing of the grave,
As on the times they were consumed among.

Then shall it not have been life young alone
Darkness dimensioned, in all things' cradle lain,
But in the hearts of cooling ash intent,
Is its abiding, beneath what has not been,
When all has been foretelling to be spent,
As from its sacred cause of presence then,
Where it is nothing, one with its assent.


Yvor Winters (Am. b. 1900)

Quod Tegit Omnia

Earth darkens and is beaded
with a sweat of bushes and
the bear comes forth;
the mind, stored with
magnificence, proceeds into
the mystery of time, now
certain of its choice of
passion, but uncertain of the
passion's end.

When
Plato temporizes on the nature
of the plumage of the soul the
wind hums in the feathers as
across a cord impeccable in
tautness but of no mind:

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