1916 in poetry

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We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

-- Closing lines of "Easter 1916" by William Butler Yeats, first published this September

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From Before Action
by W. N. Hodgson

I, that on my familiar hill
Saw with uncomprehending eyes
A hundred of thy sunsets spill
Their fresh and sanguine sacrifice,
Ere the sun swings his noonday sword
Must say good-bye to all of this; –
By all delights that I shall miss,
Help me to die, O Lord.

-- last verse; produced two days before the poet's death at the First day on the Somme

United States[edit]


From The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-- last verse (lines 16-20)

From Chicago
by Carl Sandburg

Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have

seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring
the farm boys.

And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes it is

true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
-- Lines 1-7

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  1. ^ a b Auster, Paul, ed. (1982). The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: with Translations by American and British Poets. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-52197-8. 
  2. ^ Enid the writer. Enid Blyton Society. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Poets Killed on the First Day of the Somme". Poetry of the First World War. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  4. ^ Richardson, Joan (1986). Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923. New York: Beech Tree Books. p. 445. 
  5. ^ a b Garvin, John William, ed. (1916). Canadian Poets. McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  6. ^ "Marjorie Pickthall 1883-1922: Works," Canadian Women Poets, BrockU.ca, Web, Apr. 6, 2011
  7. ^ Keith, W. J., "Poetry in English: 1867-1918", article in The Canadian Encyclopedia, retrieved February 8, 2009
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Das, Sisir Kumar and various, History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy, Volume 2, 1995, published by Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9, retrieved via Google Books on December 23, 2008
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Ludwig, Richard M., and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., Annals of American Literature: 1602–1983, 1986, New York: Oxford University Press ("If the title page is one year later than the copyright date, we used the latter since publishers frequently postdate books published near the end of the calendar year." — from the Preface, p vi)
  11. ^ Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, editors, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, W. W. Norton & Company, 1973, ISBN 0-393-09357-3
  12. ^ Vinayak Krishna Gokak, The Golden Treasury Of Indo-Anglian Poetry (1828-1965), p 314, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi (1970, first edition; 2006 reprint), ISBN 81-260-1196-3, retrieved August 6, 2010
  13. ^ Bree, Germaine, Twentieth-Century French Literature, translated by Louise Guiney, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1983
  14. ^ Web page titled "POET Francis Jammes (1868 - 1938)", at The Poetry Foundation website, retrieved August 30, 2009. Archived 2009-09-03.
  15. ^ Fitts, Dudley, editor, Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry/Antología de la Poesía Americana Contemporánea Norfolk, Conn., New Directions, (also London: The Falcoln Press, but this book was "Printed in U.S.A.), 1947, p 603
  16. ^ Story, Noah, The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature, "Poetry in French" article, pp 651-654, Oxford University Press, 1967
  17. ^ "Lord Tweedsmuir", obituary, Daily Telegraph, London, July 9, 2008, retrieved December 9, 2008
  18. ^ Fox, Margalit, "Paul Roche, Poet in Bloomsbury Group, Is Dead at 91", obituary, The New York Times, November 25, 2007, retrieved December 22, 2008
  19. ^ "Haenke, Helen Joyce (1916-1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  20. ^ "Irvin, Margaret". AustLit Database. Retrieved 2007-05-21.