Thomas Sturge Moore

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
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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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