Elinor Wylie Poems

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Elinor Wylie
Elinor Morton Wylie née Hoyt (September 7, 1885 – December 16, 1928) was an American poet and novelist who was popular before World War II. Wylie was born in Somerville, New Jersey. Her grandfather, Henry M. Hoyt, was a governor of Pennsylvania; she was raised in this socially prominent family in Washington, D.C. Her aunt was Helen Hoyt, a minor poet. In 1912, she graduated from the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. She eloped with Philip Hichborn, and later eloped with Horace Wylie. She married three times and had a son by her first husband. Her last marriage (in 1923) was to William Rose Benét, who was part of her literary circle.

a crowded trolley car
The rain's cold grains are silver-gray
Sharp as golden sands,
A bell is clanging, people s... [read poem]
pretty words
Poets make pets of pretty, docile words:
I love smooth words, like gold-enamelled fish
Whi... [read poem]
the pilgrim
Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be... [read poem]
upon the disobedient child
Children become, while little, our delights,
When they grow bigger, they begin to fright's.... [read poem]
upon time and eternity
Eternity is like unto a Ring.
Time, like to Measure, doth it self extend;
Measure commence... [read poem]
upon apparel
God gave us Cloaths to hide our Nakedness,
And we by them, do it expose to... [read poem]
upon the vine-tree
What is the Vine, more than another Tree,
Nay most, than it, more tall, more comly be?
Wha... [read poem]
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