Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth
Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth Poems
- Swift Things are Beautiful Swift things are ...
- Circe He stood before her tall and very strong. The swine ...
- Light of Love Nay, bury her in her cloak; she was not one To...
- Rain Poem The rain was like a little mouse, Quiet, small, ...
- Sky Lotus Moon over Japan. White butterfly moon! The waters...
- Rebellion Always when Absalom returned at night, Tired from ...
- Nirvana Cover me over, Cover me deep, Leaves of ...
Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (May 31, 1893 – August 31, 1986) was an American author of fiction and poetry for children and adults. Her children's novel, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, won the 1931 Newbery Medal.
Elizabeth Coatsworth was born May 31, 1893, to Ida Reid and William T. Coatsworth, a prosperous grain merchant in Buffalo, New York. Coatsworth attended Buffalo Seminary, a private girl's school, and spent summers with her family on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. She began traveling as a child, vising the Alps and Egypt at age five. Coatsworth graduated from Vassar College in 1915 as Salutatorian. In 1916 she received a Master of Arts from Columbia University.... more »
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Swift Things are Beautiful
Swift things are beautiful:
Swallows and deer,
And lightening that falls
Bright-veined and clear,
Rivers and meteors,
Wind in the wheat,
The strong-withered horse,
The runner's sure feet.
And slow things are beautiful:
The closing of day,
The pause of the wave
That curves downward to spray,
The ember that crumbles,
The opening flower,
And the ox that moves on
In the quiet of power.