Arthur Upson

(1877-1908 / United States)

Arthur Upson
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Arthur Wheelock Upson (January 10, 1877 - August 14, 1908) was an American poet. He was born in Camden, New York on January 10, 1877 to Spencer Johnson Upson and Julia Claflin. His family moved from New York to Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1894, with Upson entering the University of Minnesota with the class of 1898. There, he served as editor of the campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. Unable to complete the requirements for a degree due to his ill health, he was later awarded a degree in 1906 due to his literary success, becoming an instructor there the same year. Upson reworked the song "Hail! Minnesota", at the request of the school's president Cyrus Northrop, the song later ... more »

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After A Dolmetsch Concert

Out of the conquered Past
   Unravishable Beauty;
Hearts that are dew and dust
   Rebuking the dream of Death;
Flower o' the clay downcast
   Triumphant in Earth's aroma;
Strings that were strained in rust
   A-tremble with Music's breath!

Wine that was spilt in haste
   Arising in fumes more precious;
Garlands that fell forgot
   Rooting to wondrous bloom;
Youth that would flow to waste
   Pausing in pool-green valleys --
And ...

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