Theodore Roethke

1908 - 1963

A Quote by Theodore Roethke on body, god, and soul

God bless the roots! Body and soul are one.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on beginning, darkness, and time

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: "In a Dark Time"

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on congress and life

And what a congress of stinks!- Roots ripe as old bait, Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich, Leaf mold, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks, Nothing would give up life: Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: Root Cellar, 1948

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on memory, mountains, purity, serenity, silence, water, and world

All finite things reveal infinitude: The mountain with its singular bright shade Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow, The after-light upon ice-burdened pines; Odor of basswood upon a mountain slope, A scene beloved of bees; Silence of water above a sunken tree: The pure serene of memory of one man,- A ripple widening from a single stone Winding around the waters of the world.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke

The indignity of it!- With everything blooming above me, Lilies, pale-pink cyclamen, roses, Whole fields lovely and inviolate,- Me down in the fetor of weeds, Crawling on all fours, Alive, in a slippery grave.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: Weed Puller, 1948

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on bitterness, force, sons, ugliness, and universe

Long live the weeds that overwhelm My narrow vegetable realm! The bitter rock, the barren soil That force the son of man to toil; All things unholy, marred by curse, The ugly of the universe.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: Long Live the Weeds

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