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John Orley Allen Tate was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944.


Tate was born near Winchester, Kentucky to John Orley Tate, a businessman, and Eleanor Parke Custis Varnell. In 1916 and 1917 Tate studied the violin at the Cincinnati Conse ...

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Ode To The Confederate Dead

Row after row with strict impunity
The headstones yield their names to the element,
The wind whirrs without recollection;
In the riven troughs the splayed leaves

The Mediterranean

Where we went in the boat was a long bay
a slingshot wide, walled in by towering stone--
Peaked margin of antiquity's delay,
And we went there out of time's monotone:


Last night I fled until I came
To streets where leaking casements dripped
Stale lamplight from the corpse of flame;
A nervous window bled.

The Subway

Dark accurate plunger down the successive knell
Of arch on arch, where ogives burst a red
Reverberance of hail upon the dead

Winter Mask

Towards nightfall when the wind
Tries the eaves and casements
(A winter wind of the mind

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11 November 2014

For intellect is a mansion where waste is without drain....

11 November 2014

The innocent mansion of a panther's heart!

11 November 2014

The twilight is long fingers and black hair.

11 November 2014

They sough the rumour of mortality.

11 November 2014

The moon will run all consciences to cover....

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