David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:57:02 +0100):
> Some UK poets laureate have grown to hate the role - eg Ted Hughes and Andrew Motion.
> It's like putting an expert, gourmet/fine food chef in a role as a short order cook in some tawdry diner, with a crowd of customers baying for their standard boring, bland, deep fried fare.
Could this be true? Eliot was 1910 class odist for Harvard.
For the hour that is left us Fair Harvard, with thee,
Ere we face the importunate years,
In thy shadow we wait, while thy presence dispels
Our vain hesitations and fears.
And we turn as thy sons ever turn, in the strength
Of the hopes that thy blessings bestow,
From the hopes and ambitions that sprang at thy feet
To the thoughts of the past as we go.
Yet for all of these years that to-morrow has lost
We are still the less able to grieve,
With so much that of Harvard we carry away
In the place of the life that we leave.
And only the years that efface and destroy
Give us also the vision to see
What we owe for the future, the present, and past,
Fair Harvard, to thine and to thee.