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American poet and scholar
(1807 - 1882)
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All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal.
      - Kavanagh (ch. XX) [Poets]

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.
      - Kavanagh (ch. XXI) [Love]

The music of the brook silenced all conversation.
      - Kavanagh (ch. XXI) [Brooks]

To the red rising moon, and loud and deep
  The nightingale is singing from the steep.
      - Keats [Nightingales]

Turn, turn, my wheel! Turn round and round
  Without a pause, without a sound:
    So spins the flying world away!
      This clay, well mixed with marl and sand,
        Follows the motion of my hand;
          For some must follow, and some command,
            Though all are made of clay!
      - Keramos (l. 1) [Pottery]

Figures that almost move and speak.
      - Keramos (l. 236) [Pottery]

All things must change
  To something new, to something strange.
      - Keramos (l. 32) [Change]

And yonder by Nankin, behold!
  The Tower of Porcelain, strange and old,
    Uplifting to the astonished skies
      Its ninefold painted balconies,
        With balustrades of twining leaves,
          And roofs of tile, beneath whose eaves
            Hang porcelain bells that all the time
              Ring with a soft, melodious chime;
                While the whole fabric is ablaze
                  With varied tints, all fused in one
                    Great mass of color, like a maze
                      Of flowers illumined by the sun.
      - Keramos (l. 336) [Pottery]

Nothing that is can pause or stay;
  The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
    The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
      The rain to mist and cloud again,
        To-morrow be to-day.
      - Keramos (l. 34) [Today]

The counterfeit and counterpart
  Of nature reproduced in art.
      - Keramos (l. 380) [Art]

Art is the child of nature; yes,
  Her darling child in whom we trace
    The features of the mother's face,
      Her aspect and her attitude.
      - Keramos (l. 382) [Art]

For some must follow, and some command
  Though all are made of clay!
      - Keramos (l. 6) [Equality]

What land is this? You pretty town
  Is Delft, with all its wares displayed:
    The pride, the market-place, the crown
      And centre of the Potter's trade.
      - Keramos (l. 66) [Delft]

For voices pursue him by day,
  And haunt him by night,--
    And he listens, and needs must obey,
      When the Angel says: "Write!"
      - L'Envoi--The Poet and His Songs (st. 7)

Nor deem the irrevocable Past,
  As wholly wasted, wholly vain,
    If, rising on its wrecks, at last
      To something nobler we attain.
      - Ladder of St. Augustine [Growth]

Our pleasures and our discontents,
  Are rounds by which we may ascend.
      - Ladder of St. Augustine (st. 2) [Growth]

There is no light in earth or heaven
  But the cold light of stars;
    And the first watch is given
      To the red planet Mars.
      - Light of Stars (st. 2) [Stars]

Standing with reluctant feet,
  Where the brook and river meet,
    Womanhood and childhood fleet!
      - Maidenhood [Youth]

Life hath quicksands, Life hath snares!
      - Maidenhood (st. 9) [Life]

O lovely eyes of azure,
  Clear as the waters of a brook that run
    Limpid and laughing in the summer sun!
      - Masque of Pandora (pt. I) [Eyes]

These faces in the mirrors
  Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself.
      - Masque of Pandora
         (pt. II, The House of Epimetheus, l. 72)

My own thoughts
  Are my companions.
      - Masque of Pandora
         (pt. III, Towers of Prometheus on Mount Caucasus)

Thy voice
  Is a celestial melody.
      - Masque of Pandora (pt. V) [Voice]

The atmosphere
  Breathes rest and comfort and the many chambers
    Seem full of welcomes.
      - Masque of Pandora (pt. V, l. 33)
        [Inns : Welcome]

Resolve, and thou art free.
      - Masque of Pandora (pt. VI, In the Garden)

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