Louis Untermeyer

(1885-1977 / United States)

Louis Untermeyer Poems

1. Ivory And Rose 4/16/2010
2. Landscapes 4/16/2010
3. Only Of Thee And Me 4/16/2010
4. The Victory Of The Beet-Fields 4/16/2010
5. The Dark Chamber 4/16/2010
6. Koheleth 4/16/2010
7. Magic 4/16/2010
8. Inhibited 4/16/2010
9. Summer Storm 4/16/2010
10. Prayer 4/16/2010
11. Summons 4/16/2010
12. Ash Wednesday 4/16/2010
13. End Of The Comedy 4/16/2010
14. Challenge 4/16/2010
15. On The Birth Of A Child 4/16/2010
16. The Laughers 4/16/2010
17. Faith 4/16/2010
18. Eve Speaks 4/16/2010
19. A Side Street 4/16/2010
20. Prayer For This House 4/16/2010
21. Reveille 1/4/2003
22. How Much Of Godhood 1/4/2003
23. Irony 4/16/2010
24. Mockery 1/4/2003
25. Questions At Night 4/16/2010
26. Feuerzauber 1/4/2003
27. Rainbow’s End 4/16/2010
28. Infidelity 4/16/2010
29. Portrait Of A Machine 4/16/2010
Best Poem of Louis Untermeyer

Portrait Of A Machine

What nudity as beautiful as this
Obedient monster purring at its toil;
These naked iron muscles dripping oil
And the sure-fingered rods that never miss.
This long and shining flank of metal is
Magic that greasy labour cannot spoil;
While this vast engine that could rend the soil
Conceals its fury with a gentle hiss.
It does not vent its loathing, it does not turn
Upon its makers with destroying hate.
It bears a deeper malice; lives to earn
It’s masters bread and laughs to see this great
Lord of the earth, who rules but cannot learn,
Become the slave of ...

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How Much Of Godhood

How much of Godhood did it take --
   What purging epochs had to pass,
Ere I was fit for leaf and lake
   And worthy of the patient grass?

What mighty travails must have been,
   What ages must have moulded me,
Ere I was raised and made akin
   To dawn, the daisy and the sea.

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