|The Rhyme Maker
Whitman (1819-1892) and Ralph
are giants of
American letters. They are America's “bread and wine”.
(first two stanzas) is considered the father of modern American
verse, which goes to show you that you DON'T HAVE TO use wine in your
poetry to be a passable poet. (If anyone knows of a Whitman
with even a splash of grape juice in it, let me know!)
(last two stanzas) was poet, essayist, and philosopher of monumental
Wendell Holmes once
referred to an Emerson speech
as “America’s Intellectual Declaration of Independence.”
-S. H. Bass
Verses from the Vine
VINTAGE WINE POEMS NEW PRESSINGS
vinted and bottled by Stephen H. Bass
Wilkinson (1883-1928), American poet
who bravely planted seeds unknown
labored with a stark sincerity
aid their sturdy growth, behold them grown!
harvest hath restored our granary:
for bread, to thee and thee alone
all the bards who sing from sea to sea
native Great must look, and looking own
providence for their futurity.
those who have a softer, daintier need
other banquets rest; they will not find
power as thine to nourish – bread indeed,
new life to body, heart and mind:
will not find in all the halls of Time
food more hardy, natural, sublime.
who entered in the heat of day
vineyard where the purple of our race
olden courses found a tortuous way
to the grape's fruition, twas thy grace
dig about the roots of our dismay,
speed the native sap, to make a place
tendrils new, to press new fruit and say:
this Grail, O Nation, lift thy face!
thought hath filled our chalice to the brim.
made a sacrament for those who live
the present moment's garish whim,
hope to be, to toil, to love, to give:
spiritual vintages combine
this thy cup. There is no sweeter wine.
from The Lyric
Year: One Hundred Poems (1912)
Ralph Waldo Emerson at Amazon:
The Essential Writings
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