Friday, October 14, 2005

The Baths of the Western Stars

Late last quarter — that is, last last quarter — I had to read a poem for English 102 that included the line “the baths of the western stars.”

In this piece, the phrase referred to some point beyond the horizon into which the stars apparently slipped as the sky slowly rolled over the world. Looking out from the edge of some ancient continent, I guess, the stars must have looked like they were sinking into the water.

This particular chain of words lingered with me. I think it may be one of the most beautiful phrases I’ve ever heard in my life. And though I remember them, I can’t seem to find what poem they came from. I did a simple Google search and turned up minimal results. In fact, most of them happen to be from my site. I know someone else must have read this poem. I know people I took this class with. And I know some of them ever read this blog. Please, can anybody else help me find the poem that gave me these words?

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:00 PM

    It was 103b, not 102. And the poem was "Ulysses" by Lord Tennyson.

    I'm a fan of the closing: "one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yeild."