Sadness and Happiness: Poems by Robert Pinsky

Sadness and Happiness: Poems by Robert Pinsky

by Robert Pinsky


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Sadness and Happiness: Poems by Robert Pinsky by Robert Pinsky

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Robert Pinsky

Against weather, and the random

Harpies—mood, circumstance, the laws

Of biography, chance, physics—

The unseasonable soul holds forth,

Eager for form as a renowned

Pedant, the emperor's man of worth,

Hereditary arbiter of manners.

Soul, one's life is one's enemy.

As the small children learn, what happens

Takes over, and what you were goes away.

They learn it in sardonic soft

Comments of the weather, when it sharpens

The hard surfaces of daylight: light

Winds, vague in direction, like blades

Lavishing their brilliant strokes

All over a wrecked house,

The nude wallpaper and the brute

Intelligence of the torn pipes.

Therefore when you marry or build

Pray to be untrue to the plain

Dominance of your own weather, how it keeps

Going even in the woods when not

A soul is there, and how it implies

Always that separate, cold

Splendidness, uncouth and unkind—

On chilly, unclouded mornings,

Torrential sunlight and moist air,

Leafage and solid bark breathing the mist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691013220
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/01/1975
Series: Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 74
Sales rank: 1,290,723
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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