Who is Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger (22 June 1888 – 4 July 1916) was an American poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme, serving in the French Foreign Legion. Seeger was the brother of Charles Seeger, a noted American pacifist and musicologist. He is best known for the poem I Have a Rendezvous with Death, a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. A statue representing him is on the monument in the Place des États-Unis, Paris, honoring fallen Americans who volunteered for France during the war. Seeger is sometimes called the "American Rupert Brooke."
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Alan Seeger Poems

  • All That's Not Love . .
    All that's not love is the dearth of my days,
    The leaves of the volume with rubric unwrit,
    The temple in times without prayer, without praise,
    The altar unset and the candle unlit. ...
  • I Loved . .
    I loved illustrious cities and the crowds
    That eddy through their incandescent nights.
    I loved remote horizons with far clouds
    Girdled, and fringed about with snowy heights. ...
  • Virginibus Puerisque . .
    I care not that one listen if he lives
    For aught but life's romance, nor puts above
    All life's necessities the need to love,
    Nor counts his greatest wealth what Beauty gives. ...
  • Translations Ariosto. Orlando Furioso, Canto X, 91-99
    Ruggiero, to amaze the British host,
    And wake more wonder in their wondering ranks,
    The bridle of his winged courser loosed,
    And clapped his spurs into the creature's flanks; ...
  • Fragment Iii
    For there were nights . . . my love to him whose brow
    Has glistened with the spoils of nights like those,
    Home turning as a conqueror turns home,
    What time green dawn down every street uprears ...
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Sweet 71 Love 61 I Love You 61 Beauty 51 World 48 Sonnet 44 Blue 40 Heart 36 Deep 35 Life 35

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  • Markmyoungman: i have a rendezvous with death - alan seeger
  • War_poets: 25 may 1915 alan seeger writes from puisieulx ‘marched here over the plains and are to spend six days here in third line and then go up to the first, near the ferme d’alger. an important sector with the trenches very close.’
  • War_poets: 24 may 1915 alan seeger writes ‘left cuiry-les-chaudardes after almost seven months on the aisne. were replaced by the 34ème that came over from beaurieux. […] leave tonight for the trenches.’
  • War_poets: 23 may 1916 alan seeger writes to his godmother ‘i and a few others are going to try to get permission to go out on patrouilles d’embuscade and bring in some live prisoners. it would be quite an extraordinary feat if we could pull it off.’
  • War_poets: 23 may 1916 alan seeger writes to his mother ‘nothing more adorable in nature than this daybreak in the northeast in may and june. one hears the cockcrows in the villages of that mysterious land behind german lines. then the cuckoos begin to call in the green valleys'
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Sidney Lanier Poem
 by Sidney Lanier

'Spring-germs, spring-germs,
I charge you by your life, go back to death.
This glebe is sick, this wind is foul of breath.
Stay: feed the worms.

'Oh! every clod
Is faint, and falters from the war of growth
And crumbles in a dreary dust of sloth,

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