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Vladimir Nabokov

I feel I understand Existence, or at least a minute part Of my existence, only through my art, In terms of combinational delight; And if my private universe scans right, So does the verse of galaxies divine Which I suspect is an iambic line. —Vladimir Nabokov, from “Canto Four,” Pale Fire: A Poem in Four… Continue reading Vladimir Nabokov

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T. S. Eliot

If the lost word is lost, if the spent word is spent If the unheard, unspoken Word is unspoken, unheard; Still is the unspoken word, the Word unheard, The Word without a word, the Word within The world and for the world; And the light shone in darkness and Against the Word the unstilled world… Continue reading T. S. Eliot

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George Gordon Byron

The poet meant, no doubt, and thus appeals       To the good sense and senses of mankind, The very thing which every body feels,       As all have found on trial, or may find, That no one likes to be disturb’d at meals       Or love. — I won’t say more about “entwined” Or “transport,”… Continue reading George Gordon Byron

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