The End

By Robert Creeley 1926–2005 Robert Creeley
When I know what people think of me
I am plunged into my loneliness.  The grey
 
hat bought earlier sickens.
I have no purpose no longer distinguishable.
 
A feeling like being choked
enters my throat.

Robert Creeley, "The End" from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley: 1945-1975. Published by the University of California Press. Copyright © 1962 by Robert Creeley.  Reprinted by permission of the Estate of Robert Creeley.

Source: The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley: 1945-1975 (The University of California Press, 2006)

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Poet Robert Creeley 1926–2005

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Social Commentaries, Life Choices

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Once known primarily for his association with the group called the “Black Mountain Poets,” at the time of his death in 2005, Robert Creeley was widely recognized as one of the most important and influential American poets of the twentieth century. His poetry is noted for both its concision and emotional power. Albert Mobilio, writing in the Voice Literary Supplement, observed: “Creeley has shaped his own audience. The much . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Social Commentaries, Life Choices

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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