Samuel Greenberg: American Poet
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Emblems of Conduct: Sources in Samuel Greenberg's Poetry

(Based on the appendix in Laughlin's Poems from the Greenberg Manuscripts.)

Hart Crane's
"Emblems of Conduct" (c. 1924)
Corresponding
Greenberg Lines (c. 1916)
From
Greenberg Poem:
By a peninsula the wanderer
sat and sketched
The uneven valley graves. While
the apostle gave
Alms to the meek the volcano
burst
With sulphur and aureate
rocks . . .
By a peninsula, the painter
sat and
Sketched the uneven valley
groves.
The apostle gave alms to the
Meek. The volcano burst
In fusive sulphur and
hurled
Rocks and ore into the
air--
Conduct
For joy rides in stupendous
coverings
For joy hides its stupendous
coverings
The Laureate
Luring the living into spiritual
gates
But only to be memories of
spiritual gate
Immortality
Orators follow the universe
And radio the complete laws
to the people.
. . . the orator follows the
universe
And refrains the laws of
the people
Perusal
The apostle conveys thought
through discipline
. . . the apostle
Reigns o'er the community
in conveying
His thoughtful discipline . . .
Perusal
Bowls and cups fill historians
with adorations,--
. . . fine stones
For bowls and cups found
historians
Sacred adorations, . . .
Immortality
Dull lips commemorating
spiritual gates.
But only to be memories of
spiritual gate
Immortality
The wanderer later chose this
spot of rest
The wanderer soon chose
This spot of rest
Conduct
Where marble clouds support
the sea
The floating marble-like clouds

The marble walls held the dim
sky shadows
Daylight

Shadowings
And where was finally borne
a chosen hero.
. . . they bore the
Chosen hero upon their
shoulders
Conduct
By that time summer and smoke
were past.
Dolphins still played, arching
the horizons.
no corre-
sponding
Greenberg
lines
But only to build memories of
spiritual gates.
But only to be memories of
spiritual gate
Immortality


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