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Thomas Ernest Hulme

(1883 - 1917 / England)

Quotations

  • ''Oh, God, make small
    The old star-eaten blanket of the sky,
    That I may fold it round me and in comfort lie.''
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883-1917), British critic, poet, philosopher. The Embankment (l. 5-7). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Once, in finesse of fiddles found I ecstasy,''
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883-1917), British critic, poet, philosopher. The Embankment (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press.
  • ''Put shortly, these are the two views, then. One, that man is intrinsically good, spoilt by circumstance; and the other that he is intrinsically limited, but disciplined by order and tradition to something fairly decent. To the one party man's nature is like a well, to the other like a bucket. The view which regards him like a well, a reservoir full of possibilities, I call the romantic; the one which regards him as a very finite and fixed creature, I call the classical.''
    Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883-1917), British critic, philosopher. "Romanticism and Classicism," Speculations: Essays on Humanism and the Philosophy of Art, Harcourt Brace (1924).

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Autumn

A touch of cold in the Autumn night --

I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

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