“Feuerzauber”

By Louis Untermeyer 1885–1977 Louis Untermeyer
I never knew the earth had so much gold—
   The fields run over with it, and this hill
Hoary and old,
   Is young with buoyant blooms that flame and thrill.

Such golden fires, such yellow—lo, how good
   This spendthrift world, and what a lavish God!
This fringe of wood,
   Blazing with buttercup and goldenrod.

You too, beloved, are changed. Again I see
   Your face grow mystical, as on that night
You turned to me,
   And all the trembling world—and you—were white.

Aye, you are touched; your singing lips grow dumb;
   The fields absorb you, color you entire . . .
And you become
   A goddess standing in a world of fire!

Source: The New Poetry: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Verse in English (1936)

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Poet Louis Untermeyer 1885–1977

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Louis Untermeyer was the author, editor or compiler, and translator of more than one hundred books for readers of all ages. He will be best remembered as the prolific anthologist whose collections have introduced students to contemporary American poetry since 1919. The son of an established New York jeweler, Untermeyer's interest in poetry led to friendships with poets from three generations, including many of the century's . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Spring, Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Infatuation & Crushes

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

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