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Delmore Schwartz - Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now

Socrates ghost must haunt me now,
Notorious death has let him go,
He comes to me with a clumsy bow,
Saying in his disused voice,
That I do not know I do not know,
The mechanical whims of appetite
Are all that I have of conscious choice,
The butterfly caged in eclectic light
Is my only day in the world's great night,
Love is not love, it is a child
Sucking his thumb and biting his lip,
But grasp it all, there may be more!
From the topless sky to the bottomless floor
With the heavy head and the fingertip:
All is not blind, obscene, and poor.
Socrates stands by me stockstill,
Teaching hope to my flickering will,
Pointing to the sky's inexorable blue
---Old Noumenon, come true, come true!

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Poet: Delmore Schwartz
Poem: Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now
Poem of the Day: Jul 9 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 25th, 2006 at 3:45 PM.

Can anyone tell me what this poem means? I think that it might refer back to Socrates's teachings, because his philosophy dealt with finding the true meaning of life.

Charlie McFalls from United States

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