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. A Man 9/11/2015
6. Long Feud 11/9/2015
7. The Dark Chamber 4/16/2010
8. Koheleth 4/16/2010
9. Magic 4/16/2010
10. Inhibited 4/16/2010
11. Prayer 4/16/2010
12. Summer Storm 4/16/2010
13. Summons 4/16/2010
14. Reveille 1/4/2003
15. How Much Of Godhood 1/4/2003
16. Ash Wednesday 4/16/2010
17. End Of The Comedy 4/16/2010
18. Mockery 1/4/2003
19. Challenge 4/16/2010
20. On The Birth Of A Child 4/16/2010
21. Feuerzauber 1/4/2003
22. The Laughers 4/16/2010
23. Rainbow’s End 4/16/2010
24. Faith 4/16/2010
25. Infidelity 4/16/2010
26. Eve Speaks 4/16/2010
27. A Side Street 4/16/2010
28. Prayer For This House 4/16/2010
29. Irony 4/16/2010
30. Questions At Night 4/16/2010
31. 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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Feuerzauber

I never knew the earth had so much gold --
   The fields run over with it, and this hill,
Hoary and old,
   Is young with buoyant blooms that flame and thrill.

Such golden fires, such yellow -- lo, how good
   This spendthrift world, and what a lavish God --
This fringe of wood,
   Blazing with buttercup and goldenrod.

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