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Harriet Monroe

  • Glad was the living — blessed be the dying. / Let the leaves fall.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "A Farewell," You and I ()
  • ... luxury / Is the fat worm, to be destroyed in the bud / If we would see the fruit perfect and sound, / Fit to feed hardy men and mothering women.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • title poem, The Difference ()
  • The low-lying mountains sleep at the edge of the world. / The forests cover them like mantles ...

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "The Blue Ridge," The Difference ()
  • Day sleeps on the cloud-pillowed mountains. / Poised at the center of motion is the spinning world.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "Noon Under My Tree," The Difference ()
  • I have not where to lay my head; / Upon my breast no child shall lie; / For me no marriage feast is spread: / I walk alone under the sky.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "Mountain Song," Chosen Poems ()
  • How can he sleep now summer comes, / Lie cold when I am near!

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "Years After," Chosen Poems ()
  • Stronger than mountains are your foundations, / O Jerusalem, / And loftier than stars your towers.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "Jerusalem," Chosen Poems ()
  • Know, though the world endure but for a span, / Deathless is truth.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "Columbian Ode" (1892), Chosen Poems ()
  • She dares — the young Spring — to dance on that ancient grave, / To dance with delicate feet / On the world's despair and defeat, / On the Winter that covers all / With an ashen pall.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • "Dance of the Seasons" (1907), Chosen Poems ()
  • The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have else they will never have better.

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • 1911, in Hope Stoddard, Famous American Women ()
  • ... poetry 'The Cinderella of the Arts.'

    • Harriet Monroe,
    • 1912, in Hope Stoddard, Famous American Women ()

Harriet Monroe, U.S. poet, editor

(1861 - 1936)