Fall 1950 • Vol. XII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1950 |

Springtime

(from the French of Charles d'Orléans) The Weather hath put off his mien Of tearing winde and cold advance, And sporteth new an elegance Yellow of sun and spritely greene. Nor bird nor wilde thing to be seen But shouteth in its own parlance: "The Weather hath put off his mien Of tearing winde and cold advance." And water where it sprouteth e'en Weareth the colours of the dance, And everyone hath mayde quittance Of the dark wise of wrath and spleen. The Weather hath put off his mien.

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Anthony Hecht (1923- 2004) followed the G.I. bill to study with John Crowe Ransom at Kenyon. He wrote eight books of poetry and two works of nonfiction, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection The Hard Hours in 1967. In his lifetime he also received the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Loines Award, the Librex-Guggenheim Eugenio Montale Award, and the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, as well as fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lived in Washington, D.C.

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The Deodand

By Anthony Hecht

(from the French of Charles d'Orléans) The Weather hath put off his mien Of tearing winde and cold advance, And sporteth new an elegance Yellow of sun and spritely greene. […]

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