( Thomas Sturge Moore 4 March 1870 – 18 July 1944) was an English poet, art-historian, dramatist and wood-engraver.
Then, cleaving the grass, gazelles appear (The gentler dolphins of kindlier waves) With sensitive heads alert of ear; Frail crowds that a delicate hearing saves.
"The Gazelles", line 13; from The Centaur's Booty (London: Duckworth, 1903) p. ix.
For milkmaids and queens and gipsy-princesses Dream and kiss blindfold or starve upon guesses.
"Reason Enough", line 7; from The Sea is Kind (London: Grant Richards, 1914) p. 75.
Break free, my soul, good manners are thy tomb!
"Reason Enough", line 18; from The Sea is Kind (London: Grant Richards, 1914) p. 75.
"Shells with lip, or tooth, or bleeding gum, Tell-tale shells, and shells that whisper 'Come', Shells that stammer, blush, and yet are dumb – " "O let me hear!"
"A Duet", line 5; from The Sea is Kind (London: Grant Richards, 1914) p. 78.
Criticism [ edit ]
In my opinion Mr. Moore is a greater poet than Mr. Yeats. He has lived obscurely, and has not displayed Mr. Yeats's talent for self-dramatization; for these reasons and others he has never become a public figure or a popular writer.
Yvor Winters Uncollected Essays and Reviews (Chicago: Swallow Press, 1973) p. 139.
A sheep in sheep's clothing.
Edmund Gosse, quoted in Ferris Greenslet Under the Bridge: An Autobiography (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943) p. 104. Sometimes misattributed to Yeats.
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