Thomas Sturge Moore
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Thomas Sturge Moore (4 March 1870 – 18 July 1944) was an English poet, art-historian, dramatist and wood-engraver.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Encyclopedic article on Thomas Sturge Moore on Wikipedia