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Delmore Schwartz - Phoenix Lyrics

I

If nature is life, nature is death:
It is winter as it is spring:
Confusion is variety, variety
And confusion in everything
Make experience the true conclusion
Of all desire and opulence,
All satisfaction and poverty.

II

When a hundred years had passed nature seemed to man
                a clock
Another century sank away and nature seemed a jungle
                in a rock
And now that nature has become a ticking and hidden
                bomb how we must mock
Newton, Democritus, the Deity
The heart's ingenuity and the mind's infinite
    uncontrollable
                insatiable curiosity.

III

Purple black cloud at sunset: it is late August
and the light begins to look cold, and as we look,
listen and look, we hear the first drums of autumn.

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Poet: Delmore Schwartz
Poem: Phoenix Lyrics
Year: Published/Written in 1957

Comment 2 of 2, added on January 5th, 2012 at 12:36 AM.
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What a joy to find smooene else who thinks this way.

Kaeden from Poland
Comment 1 of 2, added on February 11th, 2009 at 11:50 AM.

This poem Rocks

Wesley Hrzenak from United States

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