The Passions that we Fought with and Subdued

By Trumbull Stickney 1874–1904 Trumbull Stickney
The passions that we fought with and subdued
Never quite die. In some maimed serpent’s coil
They lurk, ready to spring and vindicate
That power was once our torture and our lord.

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Poet Trumbull Stickney 1874–1904

Subjects Midlife, Growing Old, Living

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Trumbull Stickney is best remembered as a promising young poet and scholar who died before his work could fully mature. As William Payne described his poems in a 1906 review for Dial: "Promise rather than fulfillment is the mark of this work as a whole, for it reveals Stickney as still groping for a distinctive manner rather than as having reached a definitive expression of his powers." A brilliant scholar and enthusiastic poet, . . .

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SUBJECT Midlife, Growing Old, Living

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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