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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Top 10 most used topics by Alan Seeger

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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  • War_poets: 19 july 1915 alan seeger writes ‘once or twice i have fancied that i caught the distant voice of the cannon in alsace, but in general one feels far removed from the theatre of war.'
  • Lsereviewbooks: 'bob dylan’s typewriter. woody guthrie’s guitar. alan lomax’s dictaphone machine. pete seeger’s hammer. these are a few of the folk musicians and technologies placed front and centre in henry adam svec’s american folk music as tactical media'
  • Albertpatteegm1: old growth forest in pa? ~ alan seeger natural area
  • Alanmusichare: live sessions with alan hare tonight from 10 tracks by elgin mandy woods the salts peggy seeger lara taubman lawrence illsley didi bergman green diesel dylan cox imelda kehoe brian doran beyond six strings ciaran whyte joshua ben joseph the lost trades fate the juggler
  • War_poets: 17 july 1915 alan seeger writes from plancher-bas ‘the whole legion etrangere is marching with us and every one expects that we are going into action.’
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Michael Drayton Poem
Sonnet Lii: What? Dost Thou Mean
 by Michael Drayton

What? Dost thou mean to cheat me of my heart?
To take all mine and give me none again?
Or have thine eyes such magic or that art
That what they get they ever do retain?
Play not the tyrant, but take some remorse;
Rebate thy spleen, if but for pity's sake;
Or, cruel, if thou canst not, let us 'scourse,
And, for one piece of thine, my whole heart take.

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