Stephen Vincent Benet

(1898 - 1943 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Stephen Vincent Benet Poems

41. Metropolitan Nightmare 3/30/2010
42. Before An Examination 1/3/2003
43. Ghosts Of A Lunatic Asylum 1/3/2003
44. Army Of Northern Virginia 3/30/2010
45. A Minor Poet 1/3/2003
46. Going Back To School 1/3/2003
47. Elegy For An Enemy 1/3/2003
48. Lonely Burial 1/3/2003
49. May Morning 1/3/2003
50. Love In Twilight 1/3/2003
51. Colors 1/3/2003

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(For D. M. C.)

The little man with the vague beard and guise
Pulled at the wicket. "Come inside!" he said,
"I'll show you all we've got now -- it was size
You wanted? -- oh, dry colors! Well" -- he led
To a dim alley lined with musty bins,
And pulled one fiercely. Violent and bold
A sudden tempest of mad, shrieking sins
Scarlet screamed out above the battered gold
Of tins and picture-frames. I held my breath.
He tugged another hard -- and sapphire skies
Spread in vast quietude, serene as death,
O'er waves like crackled turquoise -- and my ...

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Elegy For An Enemy

(For G. H.)

Say, does that stupid earth
Where they have laid her,
Bind still her sullen mirth,
Mirth which betrayed her?
Do the lush grasses hold,
Greenly and glad,
That brittle-perfect gold

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