Challenge

Challenge

by Louis Untermeyer
     
 

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally…  See more details below

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781290738576
Publisher:
HardPress Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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AFFIRMATION AS long as vigorous discontent Goads us from torpid ease, or worse, I thank the power that sent Struggle, the savior of the universe. As long as things are torn and hurled In this implacable unrest, I shall embrace the world With joyful fierceness and undying zest. I shall grow strong with every hurt; The scorn, the anger will achieve Only a glad, alert Desire to question boldly and believe. My eager faith shall keep me set Against despair or careless hate, Knowing this smoke and sweat Is forging something violent and great! DOWN-HILL ON A BICYCLE THE rolling earth stops As I climb to the summit. Then like a plummet It suddenly drops. . . Down, down I go Past rippling acres; Hillsides like breakers Over me flow. Wildly alive I hail the green shimmer, Fresh as a swimmer After the dive. Like banners unfurled The skies dip and flourish The keen breezes nourish, While the bright world DOWN-HILL ON A BICYCLE Is a ribbon unrolled With a border of grasses; And tansies are masses And splotches of gold. Still I whirl on Startled, a sparrow Darts from the yarrow, Flash and is gone. .. Faster the gleams Die as they dazzle And roadsides of basil Turn to pink streams. Sharp as a knife Is each perfume and color. To feel nothing duller God, that were Life! MIDNIGHT-BY THE OPEN WINDOW HOW rapt the sleeping stillness of the night Incomparably close and vast. . .One might Hear the tense silence in the little street Reaching to heaven, where it swells and breaks Into moon-music and star-song that makes My senses bend and sway, as waving wheat Trembles before the wind's majestic feet; Trembles with happy fear and numb delight. How sharp the silence. . .like ...

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"Louis Untermeyer ... was an American author, poet, anthologist, and editor. He was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961" -- Wikipedia

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