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. . . . And thus I see among these pleasant things
Each care decays, and yet my sorrow springs.

Sonnet 7
Petrarch
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. . . . Under the history of all my woe,
My mistress sets her hand and writes: Finis. . . .

The Day of Hope
Hafiz
trans. Gertrude Bell
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The more things change, the more they stay the same;
History repeats, from failed memory
We are doomed to repeat Yeat's Widening Gyre . . . .

#poetry   #history   #philosophy  

"History is philosophy teaching by example." 
                             - Henry St. John Bolingbroke

"History is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature."   -  David Hume

"History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man."
                             - Percy Bysshe Shelley
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. . . . The worlde hath made permutation
From right to wrong, from truth to fickleness,
That all is lost for lack of steadfastness.
. . . .
A Ballad Sent to King Richard
Geoffrey Chaucer
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. . . . Cry of the christs and the lovers and the child-stripped mothers,
And ambition gone down to defeat, and the battle overborne,
And the dreams that have no waking. . . .
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Tasting the Earth
James Oppenheim
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You are a sunrise,
If a star should rise instead of the sun. . . .

To a Golden-Haired Girl in a Louisiana Town
Vachel Lindsay
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Enamored architect of airy rhyme,
Build as thou wilt, heed not what each man says.
Good souls, but innocent of dreamers' ways,
Will come, and marvel why thou wastest time . . . .

Enamored Architect of Airy Rhyme
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
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10,000

Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

         - Wu Men
           trans. unk.

#poetry    #zen   
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In that book which is
My memory . . .
On the first page
That is the chapter when
I first met you
Appear the words . . .
Here begins a new life

La Vita Nuova
Dante Alighieri
(as reported in The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time By Leslie Pockell).
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To His Mistress in Absence

Far from thy dearest self, the scope
Of all my aims,
I waste in secret flames;
And only live because I hope.

O when will Fate restore
The joys, in whose bright fire
My expectation shall expire,
That I may live because I hope no more!

       - Torquato Tasso
          unk. trans.

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. . . .
Beauty is momentary in the mind --
The fitful tracing of a portal;
But  in the flesh it is immortal.
. . . .
Peter Quince at the Clavier
Wallace Stevens
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. . . . She is a naked dancer, dancing upon
a pavement of porphyry and pearl,
Dazzling, so that the eyes must be shaded,
She wears the stars upon her bosom
And braids her hair with the constellations.

The Desert
Charles E. S. Wood
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. . . ."Now this," I well believe I should have thought,
"Is even better than Sappho.  With Emily
You're really here, or never anywhere at all
In range of mind." . . . .

from The Sisters
Amy Lowell
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Poetry is the honor beauty performs for truth.
Introduction
A page of poetry posts - excerpts that have resonated for whatever reasons. I plan to post once daily, usually two to four lines; perhaps rarely a compete poem - a floating fallen leaf, a fly fishing lure, a flinting of sunlight - nothing to dam your stream. Please circle the page if interested and try it a while. Also comment, criticize, or copy your own favorite or familiar or similar lines.
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