Echo

By Daryl Hine 1936–2012 Daryl Hine
Echo that loved hid within a wood   
Would to herself rehearse her weary woe:   
O, she cried, and all the rest unsaid   
Identical came back in sorry echo.

Echo for the fix that she was in
Invisible, distraught by mocking passion,   
Passionate, ignored, as good as dumb,   
Employed that O unchanged in repetition.

Shun love if you suspect that he shuns you,   
Use with him no reproaches whatsoever.   
Ever you knew, supposing him to know
No melody from which you might recover-

Cover your ears, dear Echo, do not hear.   
Here is no supplication but your own,   
Only your sighs return upon the air
Ere their music from the mouth be gone.

Daryl Hine, “Echo” from Wooden Horses (New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1965). Copyright © 1965 by Daryl Hine. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

Source: The Wooden Horse: Poems (1965)

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Poet, editor, and translator Daryl Hine was born in 1936 in British Columbia and grew up in New Westminster. His mother’s death while he was still a teenager had a profound influence on him. He studied Classics and philosophy at McGill University, and he earned his PhD in comparative literature from the University of Chicago. The editor of Poetry from 1968-78, Hine was also a highly regarded translator of Classical writers such . . .

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