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William Butler Yeats :
But boys and girls, pale from the imagined love Of solitary beds, knew what they were, That passion could bring character enough And pressed at midnighht in some public place Live lips upon a plummet-measured face.
[William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Statues (l. 4-8). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The delicious faces of children, the beauty of school-girls, "the sweet seriousness of sixteen," the lofty air of well-born, well-bred boys, the passionate histories in the looks and manners of youth and early manhood, and the varied power in all that well-known company that escort us through life,—we know how these forms thrill, paralyze, provoke, inspire, and enlarge us.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
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Wallace Stevens :
We say This changes and that changes. Thus the constant Violets, doves, girls, bees and hyacinths Are inconstant objects of inconstant cause In a universe of inconstancy.
[Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Notes toward a Supreme Fiction."]
Robert Graves :
Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls Married impossible men? Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out, And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.
[Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist, critic. A Slice of Wedding Cake (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.]
Anne Sexton :
All those girls who wore the red shoes, each boarded a train that would not stop. Stations flew by like suitors and would not stop. They all danced like trout on the hook. They were played with.
[Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. "The Red Shoes."]
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Dorothy Parker :
And there was that wholesale libel on a Yale prom. If all the girls attending it were laid end to end, Mrs. Parker said, she wouldn't be at all surprised.
[Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in While Rome Burns, "Our Mrs. Parker," Alexander Woollcott (1934).]
Judith Viorst :
But it's hard to be hip over thirty When everyone else is nineteen, When the last dance we learned was the Lindy, And the last we heard, girls who looked like Barbra Streisand Were trying to do something about it.
[Judith Viorst (b. 1935), U.S. poet, journalist. "It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty," in It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life (1968).]
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Robert Louis Stevenson :
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords; and the little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
[Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "Virginibus Puerisque," sct. 2 (1881).]
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Hilda Doolittle :
It was a hated judgment, O slender-girls. The contest of beautiful-face by beautiful-face Has brought this: I am sent to death To bring honour to the Greeks.
[Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Iphigeneia in Aulis."]
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Philip Larkin :
Oh, play that thing! Mute glorious Storyvilles Others may license, grouping round their chairs Sporting-house girls like circus tigers....
[Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "For Sidney Bechet."]
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