Treasure Island

Richard Eberhart


Quotations

  • ''Was man made stupid to see his own stupidity?
    Is God by definition indifferent, beyond us all?
    Is the eternal truth man's fighting soul
    Wherein the Beast ravens in its own avidity?''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. The Fury of Aerial Bombardment (l. 9-12). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
    Would rouse God to relent;''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. The Fury of Aerial Bombardment (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''we, outlaws on God's property,
    Fling out imagination beyond the skies,
    Wishing a tangible good from the unknown.
    And likewise death will drive us from the scene
    With the great flowering world unbroken yet,
    Which we held in idea, a little handful.''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. The Horse Chestnut Tree (l. 19-24). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Karl Shapiro and Richard Wilbur. (Rev., shorter ed., 1955) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''I saw on the slant hill a putrid lamb,
    Propped with daisies.''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. For a Lamb (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
  • ''And the truth wailing there like a red babe.''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. If I Could Only Live at the Pitch That Is near Madness (l. 16). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Karl Shapiro and Richard Wilbur. (Rev., shorter ed., 1955) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness
    When everything is as it was in my childhood
    Violent, vivid, and of infinite possibility:
    That the sun and the moon broke over my head.''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. If I Could Only Live at the Pitch That Is near Madness (l. 1-4). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Karl Shapiro and Richard Wilbur. (Rev., shorter ed., 1955) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''He obeys the orders of nature
    Without knowing them
    It is what he does not know
    That makes him beautiful.
    Such a knot of little purposeful nature!''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. On a Squirrel Crossing the Road in Autumn, in New England (l. 8-12). . . Poetspeak; in Their Work, about Their Work. Paul B. Janeczko, comp. (1983) Bradbury Press.
  • ''It is what man does not know of God
    Composes the visible poem of the world.''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. On a Squirrel Crossing the Road in Autumn, in New England (l. 15-16). . . Poetspeak; in Their Work, about Their Work. Paul B. Janeczko, comp. (1983) Bradbury Press.
  • ''Names on a list, whose faces I do not recall
    But they are gone to early death, who late in school
    Distinguished the belt feed lever from the belt holding pawl.''
    Richard Eberhart (b. 1904), American poet. The Fury of Aerial Bombardment (l. 14-16). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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