Stephen Vincent Benet

(1898 - 1943 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Stephen Vincent Benet Poems

41. The Ballad Of William Sycamore [1790-1871] 3/30/2010
42. Going Back To School 1/3/2003
43. Love In Twilight 1/3/2003
44. Dinner In A Quick Lunch Room 1/3/2003
45. Music 1/3/2003
46. Elegy For An Enemy 1/3/2003
47. Colors 1/3/2003
48. Nightmare Number Three 3/30/2010
49. Lonely Burial 1/3/2003
50. The Mountain Whippoorwill 3/7/2012
51. American Names 1/17/2015

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American Names

I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.

Seine and Piave are silver spoons,
But the spoonbowl-metal is thin and worn,
There are English counties like hunting-tunes
Played on the keys of a postboy's horn,
But I will remember where I was born.

I will remember Carquinez Straits,
Little French Lick and Lundy's Lane,
The Yankee ships and the Yankee dates
And the bullet-towns of Calamity Jane.
I ...

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A Minor Poet

I am a shell. From me you shall not hear
The splendid tramplings of insistent drums,
The orbed gold of the viol's voice that comes,
Heavy with radiance, languorous and clear.
Yet, if you hold me close against the ear,
A dim, far whisper rises clamorously,
The thunderous beat and passion of the sea,
The slow surge of the tides that drown the mere.

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