Knowledge

By Louise Bogan 1897–1970 Louise Bogan
Now that I know
That passion warms little
Of flesh in the mold,
And treasure is brittle,

I’ll lie here and learn
How, over their ground,
Trees make a long shadow
And a light sound.


August 1922

Source: Poetry (June 2012).

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This poem originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

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 Louise  Bogan

Biography

Louise Bogan has been called by some critics the most accomplished woman poet of the twentieth century. Her subtle, restrained style was partially influenced by writers such as Rilke and Henry James, and partially by the English metaphysical poets such as George HerbertJohn Donne, and Henry Vaughan, though she distanced herself from her intellectually rigorous, metaphysical contemporaries. Some critics have placed her in a . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Time & Brevity, Love, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

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