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The trouble with most Englishwomen is that they will dress as if they had been a mouse in a previous incarnation... they do not want to attract attention.
All great poetry is dipped in the dyes of the heart, and is, in Emerson's phrase, a larger imbibing of the common heart.
Our hearts seemed safe in our breasts and sang to the
The marrow in the bone
We dreamed was safe... the blood in the veins, the
sap in the tree
Were springs of Deity.
Tall windows show Infinity;
And, hard reality,
The candles weep and pry and dance
Like lives mocked at by Chance. The rooms are vast as Sleep within;
When once I ventured in,
Chill Silence, like a surging sea,
Slowly enveloped me.
The poet is a brother speaking to a brother of "a moment of their other lives" — a moment that had been buried beneath the dust of the busy world.
It is a part of the poet's work to show each man what he sees but does not know he sees.
Art is magic, not logic. This craze for the logical spirit in irrational shape is part of the present harmful mania for uniformity.
What is the special privilege of youth? It is, I think, the power of looking forward, the firm belief that the future holds something that is worth possessing, and that, therefore, one can let the present moment drop from one without regret and without fear.
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We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
September 7, 1887
December 9, 1964
Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwells.
Fanfare for Elizabeth (1946)
A poet's notebook (1943)
The Queens and the Hive (1962)
English Women (1942)
Victoria of England (1935)
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