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  • The moon will run all consciences to cover....
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ditty."

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  • The innocent mansion of a panther's heart!
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Idiot."

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  • For intellect is a mansion where waste is without drain....
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Retroduction to American History."
  • The twilight is long fingers and black hair.
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Long Fingers."

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  • They sough the rumour of mortality.
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Ode to the Confederate Dead."
  • I suck in smoke! I smile at grimy mirth,
    And laugh to think that you had parried death.
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Fair Cuirass Shattered."

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  • The Spring I seek is in a new face only.
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "These Deathy Leaves."

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  • every son-of-a-bitch is Christ, at least Rousseau....
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet, critic. "Retroduction to American History."

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  • For Pope's tight back was rather a goat's than man's.
    Allen Tate (1899-1979), U.S. poet. Mr. Pope (l. 4). . . Collected Poems, 1919-1976 [Allen Tate]. (1989) Louisiana State University Press.
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