Stephen Vincent Benet

(1898 - 1943 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Quotations

  • ''I have fallen in love with American names,''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Seine and Piave are silver spoons,
    But the spoonbowl-metal is thin and worn,''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 6-7). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I am tired of loving a foreign muse.''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. poet. American Names (l. 20). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Lincoln, six feet one in his stocking feet,
    The lank man, knotty and tough as a hickory rail,
    Whose hands were always too big for white-kid gloves,
    Whose wit was a coonskin sack of dry, tall tales,
    Whose weathered face was homely as a plowed field.''
    Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943), U.S. novelist, poet. John Brown's Body (1928).

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Elegy for an Enemy

(For G. H.)

Say, does that stupid earth
Where they have laid her,
Bind still her sullen mirth,
Mirth which betrayed her?
Do the lush grasses hold,
Greenly and glad,
That brittle-perfect gold

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