Poems by Herman Melville

Writer, poet and literary critic, born sunday august 1, 1819 in Manhattan, New York (United States), died monday september 28, 1891 in New York (United States)
You can find this author also in Quotes & Aphorisms, in Humor and in Novels.

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
a flame to melt, a wind to freeze;
Sad patience, joyous energies;
Humility, yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity, reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel, Art.
Herman Melville
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    All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys,
    The champions and enthusiasts of the state:
    Turbid ardors and vain joys
    Not barrenly abate
    Stimulants to the power mature,
    Preparatives of fate.
    Herman Melville
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      Battle Pieces: And Aspects Of The War

      What troops
      Of generous boys in happiness thus bred
      Saturnians through life's Tempe led,
      Went from the North and came from the South,
      With golden mottoes in the mouth,
      To lie down midway on a bloody bed.
      Herman Melville
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        Battle Pieces: And Aspects Of The War

        The poor old Past,
        The Future's slave,
        She drudged through pain and crime
        To bring about the blissful Prime,
        Then perished. There's a grave!
        Herman Melville
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