Saturday, February 26, 2011

Theodore Spencer_The Day

Theodore Spencer
The day was a year at first
When children ran in the garden;
The day shrank down to a month
When the boys played ball.

The day was a week thereafter
When young men walked in the garden;
The day was itself a day
When love grew tall.

The day shrank down to an hour
When old men limped in the garden;
The day will last forever
When it is nothing at all.

Theodore Spencer
Poems, 1940-1947
Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1948.

Theodore Spencer (1902 -1949) was widely known as a Shakespearen scholar and literary critic before he published his first book of poetry in 1941. Three more books fellowed before his death at the age of forty-six.

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