Yvor Winters

(1900 - 1968 / United States)

Quotations

  • ''And you are here beside me, small,
    Contained and fragile, and intent
    On things that I but half recall—''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. At the San Francisco Airport (l. 6-8). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''The rain of matter upon sense
    Destroys me momently. The score:
    There comes what will come.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. At the San Francisco Airport (l. 16-18). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Professors of literature, who for the most part are genteel but mediocre men, can make but a poor defense of their profession, and the professors of science, who are frequently men of great intelligence but of limited interests and education, feel a politely disguised contempt for it; and thus the study of one of the most pervasive and powerful influences on human life is traduced and neglected.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. literary critic. In Defense of Reason, foreword (1960).
  • ''Metal, intrinsic value, deep and dense,
    Preanimate, inimitable, still,
    Real, but an evil with no human sense,
    Dispersed the mind to concentrate the will.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. John Sutter (l. 17-20). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''What calm catastrophe will yet assuage
    This final drouth of penitential tears?''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. John Sutter (l. 35-36). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''By practice and conviction formed,
    With ancient stubbornness ingrained,
    Although her body clung and swarmed,
    My own identity remained.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight (l. 21-24). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Reptilian green the wrinkled throat,
    Green as a bough of yew the beard;
    He bent his head, and so I smote;''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''And one rose in a tent of sea and gave
    A darkening shudder; water fell away;
    The whale stood shining, and then sank in spray.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. The Slow Pacific Swell (l. 26-28). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Far out of sight forever stands the sea,
    Bounding the land with pale tranquillity.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. The Slow Pacific Swell (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The land is numb.
    It stands beneath the feet, and one may come
    Walking securely, till the sea extends
    Its limber margin, and precision ends.''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. The Slow Pacific Swell (l. 33-36). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford University Press.

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Alone

I, one who never speaks,
Listened days in summer trees,
Each day a rustling leaf.

Then, in time, my unbelief
Grew like my running -
My own eyes did not exist,
When I struck I never missed.

Noon, felt and far away -
My brain is a thousand bees.

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