Madison Cawein

poet from Louisville, Kentucky

Madison Julius Cawein (23 March 18658 December 1914) was a poet from Louisville, Kentucky, whose poem "Waste Land" has been linked with T.S. Eliot's later The Waste Land.

Cawein circa 1905


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919)Edit

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • At daybreak Morn shall come to me
    In raiment of the white winds spun.
    • Quiet.
  • Some shall reap that never sow
    And some shall toil and not attain.
    • Success.
  • A moonlight traveler in Fancy’s land.
    • Unqualified.
  • Into the sunset’s turquoise marge
    The moon dips, like a pearly barge;
    Enchantment sails through magic seas,
    To fairyland Hesperides,
    Over the hills and away.
    • At Sunset, stanza 1.
  • What magic shall solve us the secret
    Of beauty that’s born for an hour?
    • Interpreted.
  • A rope; a prayer; and an oak-tree near,
    And a score of hands to swing him clear.
    A grim, black thing for the setting sun
    And the moon and the stars to gaze upon.
    • The Man Hunt.

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