Like Holderlin

By Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935 Rosmarie Waldrop
got up early
left the house immediately
tore out grass
bits of leather in his pockets
hit fences with his handkerchief
answered yes and no
to his own questions
lies under grass
wilted flowers in his pockets
at the fence I pull my handkerchief
he liked to say no
“I’m no longer the same man”
“nothing is happening to me”

Rosmarie Waldrop, "Like Holderlin" from Another Language: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1997 by Rosmarie Waldrop.  Reprinted by permission of Rosmarie Waldrop.

Source: Another Language: Selected Poems (Talisman House Publishers, 1997)

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Poet Rosmarie Waldrop b. 1935

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Coming of Age, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

Poetic Terms Persona, Sonnet


Poet, translator, and editor Rosmarie Waldrop has been a forceful presence in American and international poetry for over forty years. Born in Germany in 1935, Waldrop studied literature and musicology at the University of Würzburg and the University of Freiburg before immigrating to the United States in the late 1950s. She received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. While at the University of Michigan, Waldrop . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Coming of Age, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Persona, Sonnet

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