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Sylvia Plath - Years

They enter as animals from the outer
Space of holly where spikes
Are not thoughts I turn on, like a Yogi,
But greenness, darkness so pure
They freeze and are.

O God, I am not like you
In your vacuous black,
Stars stuck all over, bright stupid confetti.
Eternity bores me,
I never wanted it.

What I love is
The piston in motion ----
My soul dies before it.
And the hooves of the horses,
There merciless churn.

And you, great Stasis ----
What is so great in that!
Is it a tiger this year, this roar at the door?
It is a Christus,
The awful

God-bit in him
Dying to fly and be done with it?
The blood berries are themselves, they are very still.

The hooves will not have it,
In blue distance the pistons hiss.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Years
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1962
Poem of the Day: Jan 7 2005

Comment 5 of 5, added on December 21st, 2014 at 5:08 PM.

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Comment 4 of 5, added on April 21st, 2012 at 2:39 AM.

My favorite poem was “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening aeubcse it described the simple beauty of watching the snow fall and how it lands on the trees. Not many people stop to look at the simple beauty of nature or things that just seem ordinary aeubcse it happens every winter. The imagery makes me think of fresh snow and how it looks so pure untouched. I think of Santa with his reindeer aeubcse of the bells on his horse and how he has promises to keep. Overall I enjoyed the simplicity, imagery, and unnoticed beauty this poem describes.

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Comment 3 of 5, added on January 20th, 2011 at 8:42 AM.


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