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Theodore Roethke
(1908 - 1963)

Theodore Roethke


"O Lord, may I never want to look good. O Jesus, may I always read it all: out loud and the very way it should be. May I never look at the other findings until I have come to my own true conclusions: May I care for the least of the young: and become aware of the one poem that each may have written; may I be aware of what each thing is, delighted with form, and wary of the false comparison; may I never use the word 'brilliant.'"


American poet whose verse is characterised by introspection and intense lyricism.
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