Thomas Sturge Moore

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A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.
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Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-03-041944-07-18) was an English poet, art-historian, dramatist and wood-engraver.


  • Then, cleaving the grass, gazelles appear
    (The gentler dolphins of kindlier waves)
    With sensitive heads alert of ear;
    Frail crowds that a delicate hearing saves.
    • "The Gazelles", line 13; from The Centaur's Booty (London: Duckworth, 1903) p. ix.

  • For milkmaids and queens and gipsy-princesses
    Dream and kiss blindfold or starve upon guesses.
    • "Reason Enough", line 7; from The Sea is Kind (London: Grant Richards, 1914) p. 75.

  • Break free, my soul, good manners are thy tomb!
    • "Reason Enough", line 18; from The Sea is Kind (London: Grant Richards, 1914) p. 75.

  • "Shells with lip, or tooth, or bleeding gum,
    Tell-tale shells, and shells that whisper 'Come',
    Shells that stammer, blush, and yet are dumb – "
    "O let me hear!"
    • "A Duet", line 5; from The Sea is Kind (London: Grant Richards, 1914) p. 78.


  • In my opinion Mr. Moore is a greater poet than Mr. Yeats. He has lived obscurely, and has not displayed Mr. Yeats's talent for self-dramatization; for these reasons and others he has never become a public figure or a popular writer.
    • Yvor Winters Uncollected Essays and Reviews (Chicago: Swallow Press, 1973) p. 139.
  • A sheep in sheep's clothing.
    • Edmund Gosse, quoted in Ferris Greenslet Under the Bridge: An Autobiography (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943) p. 104.
    • Sometimes misattributed to Yeats.

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