Raleigh was Right

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"Raleigh was Right" is a poem by William Carlos Williams, composed in response to the Elizabethan exchange between Christopher Marlowe, in "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", and Walter Raleigh, with "The Nymph's Reply".[1]

Horton Foote's Roots in a Parched Ground, the opening play of The Orphans' Home Cycle, takes its title from a line in this poem.[2]


  1. ^ Kenneth E. Gadomski, "Williams' 'Raleigh was Right'", The Explicator, Vol. 43, 1985. Excerpt here (pay site).
  2. ^ Gerald C. Wood, Horton Foote: a casebook (Taylor & Francis, 1998), ISBN 978-0815325444, p. 113. Excerpts available at Google Books.