A Poplar

By William Faulkner 1897–1962 William Faulkner
Why do you shiver there
Between the white river and the road?
You are not cold,
With the sun light dreaming about you;
And yet you lift your pliant supplicating arms as though
To draw clouds from the sky to hide your slenderness.

You are a young girl
Trembling in the throes of ecstatic modesty,
A white objective girl
Whose clothing has been forcibly taken away from her.

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Poet William Faulkner 1897–1962

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Nature, Trees & Flowers

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

 William  Faulkner

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One of the 20th century’s greatest novelists, William Cuthbert Falkner, as his name was originally spelled, never graduated from high school. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, the first of four sons, and moved with his family to Oxford, Mississippi, at the age of five. As a young man, influenced by the work of English poets A.E. Housman and Algernon Charles Swinburne, he began writing poems that explored Romantic themes . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Trees & Flowers

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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