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Fall 2001 Newsletter

An Excerpt From Marianne Moore

E.O. Goldbeck, detail, New York City, 1974. Ransom Center Photography Collection.

E.O. Goldbeck, detail, New York City, 1974. Ransom
Center Photography Collection.

From . . . What Are Years

. . . So he who strongly feels,
behaves. The very bird,
grown taller as he sings, steels
his form straight up. Though he is captive,
his mighty singing
says, satisfaction is a lowly
thing, how pure a thing is joy.
. . . This is mortality,
. . . This is eternity.

What Are Years, New York, Macmillan, 1941.


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