Bill Hartiza – Miss Goethe remembers

Miss Goethe remembers

Ein Handschuh von schöner Hand,
The moment cradled like a brandy glass.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

I didn't shed a tear:
A sort of black horsehair,
Langbeinigen Spinnen vergleichbar. 

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Sources:

  1. Der Handschuh, Schiller, 1792
  2. The Brandy Glass, Louis MacNeice, 2003
  3. The Wasteland, T. S. Eliot, 1922
  4. The Black Sheep, Eloosive, 2010 ( http://www.protagonize.com/poem/winter-2010-poetry-tournament-round-1/59309
  5. By Candlelight, Sylvia Plath, 1962
  6. Der Totentanz, Goethe, 1792

[In 1792 Schiller and Goethe were engaged in a small poetry battle, and it occurred to me that picking lines from their warring poems would make a wonderful cento and an appropriate homage.  Sadly the restrictions on this round don't allow that, but I've still tried to go from one poet to the other.]

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