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Thomas Gray :
Far from the sun and summer-gale In thy green lap was Nature's Darling laid, What time, where lucid Avon stray'd, To him the mighty mother did unveil Her awful face:
[Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. The Progress of Poesy (l. 82-86). . . Gray's English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922) Reprint Services.]
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William Shakespeare :
What time of day is it, lad?
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 1. Addressing Prince Hal as "lad" shows the close relationship between them.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
The Greeks would not have called the ocean atrugetos, or unfruitful, though it does not produce wheat, if they had viewed it by the light of modern science, for naturalists now assert that "the sea, and not the land, is the principal seat of life,"Mthough not of vegetable life.... The dry land itself came through and out of the water in its way to the heavens, for, "in going back through the geological ages, we come to an epoch when, according to all appearances, the dry land did not exist, and when the surface of our globe was entirely covered with water." We looked on the sea, then, once more, not as atrugetos, or unfruitful, but as it has been more truly called, the "laboratory of continents."
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, pp. 127-128, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Robert Browning :
Everyone soon or late comes round by Rome.
[Robert Browning (1812-1889), British poet. The Ring and the Book, bk. 5, l. 296 (1868-1869).]
William Shakespeare :
Now our joy, Although our last and least.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lear, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 82-3. Addressing Cordelia, his youngest daughter.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence above language.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 289, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
Muriel Rukeyser :
There has been in our time a lack of reliance on language and a lack of experimentation which are frightening to anyone who sees them as symptoms. We know the phenomenon of stage-fright: it holds the player shivering, incapable of speech or action. Perhaps there is an audience-fright which the play can feel, which leaves him with these incapacities.
[Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 8 (1949). On American playwriting. Prominent playwrights of the time included Eugene O'Neill, Maxwell Anderson, Robert E. Sherwood, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, and William Saroyan.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
What a pity if we do not live this short time according to the laws of the long time,—the eternal laws!
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 10, 1849, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 173, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Adrienne Rich :
No one lives in this room without confronting the whiteness of the wall behind the poems, planks of books, photographs of dead heroines. Without contemplating last and late the true nature of poetry. The drive to connect. The dream of a common language.
[Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Origins and History of Consciousness, The Dream of a Common Language (1978).]
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Robert Louis Stevenson :
The pleasant land of counterpane.
[Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish author. The Land of Counterpane (l. 16). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1973) Oxford University Press.]
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