The Students

Original Text: 
Sarton, May. Collected Poems, 1930-1993. New York, NY: Norton, 1993: 67-68.
1I looked behind you for the towers of music,
2And for the remembered words, blue hills of childhood;
3What human mind had touched yours to the quick?
4What passions, hungers streamed through your blood?
5Had you been Marie Curie or Keats or some sad queen
6Dying in great pomp and pride alone?
7Your grandfathers were huge with dreams,
8Crossed an ocean and half a continent, breathing hope;
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Publication Start Year: 
1965
Publication Notes: 
Poet in Residence, Carbondale, Illinois
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
RPO Edition: 
2009