Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
July 17th, 2018 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 327,618 comments.
William Stafford - Lit Instructor

Day after day up there beating my wings
with all the softness truth requires
I feel them shrug whenever I pause:
they class my voice among tentative things,

And they credit fact, force, battering.
I dance my way toward the family of knowing,
embracing stray error as a long-lost boy
and bringing him home with my fluttering.

Every quick feather asserts a just claim;
it bites like a saw into white pine.
I communicate right; but explain to the dean--
well, Right has a long and intricate name.

And the saying of it is a lonely thing.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 924 times | Comments and analysis of Lit Instructor by William Stafford Comments (11)

Lit Instructor - Comments and Information

Poet: William Stafford
Poem: Lit Instructor
Poem of the Day: Nov 8 2011

Comment 11 of 11, added on March 25th, 2017 at 10:05 PM.
A little rationality

A little rationality lifts the quality of the debate here. Thanks for coitnrbuting!

Cami from Congo, Democratic Republic of
Comment 10 of 11, added on March 4th, 2017 at 9:14 AM.

NV7EyL Well I really liked reading it. This information provided by you is very constructive for accurate planning.

mike tyson from Poland
Comment 9 of 11, added on September 3rd, 2015 at 5:26 AM.

O3EdWf Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is excellent, as well as the content!

crorkzz from Martinique

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Lit Instructor, has received 11 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Stafford Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links