Elinor Morton Wylie
Elinor Morton Wylie Poems
- Pretty Words Poets make pets of pretty, docile words: I love...
- Sea Lullaby The old moon is tarnished With smoke of the ...
- Now Let No Charitable Hope Now let no charitable hope ...
- Velvet Shoes Let us walk in the white snow In a soundless ...
- Phases Of The Moon Once upon a time I heard That the flying...
- Beauty Say not of beauty she is good, Or aught but ...
- The Lion And The Lamb I saw a Tiger's golden flank, I saw ...
Elinor Wylie was an American poet and novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s. "She was famous during her life almost as much for her ethereal beauty and personality as for her melodious, sensuous poetry."
Family and Childhood
Elinor Wylie was born Elinor Morton Hoyt in Somerville, New Jersey, into a socially prominent family. Her grandfather, Henry M. Hoyt, was a governor of Pennsylvania. Her aunt was Helen Hoyt, a minor poet. Her parents were Henry Martyn Hoyt, Jr., who would be United States Solicitor General from 1903 to 1909; and Anne Morton McMichael (born July 31, 1861 in Pa.). Their other children were:
Henry Martyn Hoyt (May 8, 1887 in Pa. ... more »
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Comments about Elinor Morton Wylie
Poets make pets of pretty, docile words:
I love smooth words, like gold-enamelled fish
Which circle slowly with a silken swish,
And tender ones, like downy-feathred birds:
Words shy and dappled, deep-eyed deer in herds,
Come to my hand, and playful if I wish,
Or purring softly at a silver dish,
Blue Persian kittens fed on cream and curds.
I love bright words, words up and singing early;
Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing;
Warm lazy words, white cattle under trees;
I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly,
Like midsummer moths, and honied ...