A Renascence

By Robert Graves 1895–1985 Robert Graves
White flabbiness goes brown and lean,
    Dumpling arms are now brass bars,
They’ve learnt to suffer and live clean,
    And to think below the stars.
 
They’ve steeled a tender, girlish heart,
    Tempered it with a man’s pride,
Learning to play the butcher’s part
    Though the woman screams inside—
 
Learning to leap the parapet,
    Face the open rush, and then
To stab with the stark bayonet,
    Side by side with fighting men.
 
On Achi Baba’s rock their bones
    Whiten, and on Flanders’ plain,
But of their travailings and groans
    Poetry is born again.

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Poet Robert Graves 1895–1985

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Nature, The Body, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

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Robert Graves often stirred controversy in his endeavors as a poet, novelist, critic, mythographer, translator, and editor. Stephen Spender in the New York Times Book Review characterized Graves as a free thinker: "All of his life Graves has been indifferent to fashion, and the great and deserved reputation he has is based on his individuality as a poet who is both intensely idiosyncratic and unlike any other contemporary poet . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, The Body, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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