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My life has been the poem I would have writ

My life has been the poem I would have writ
But I could not both live and utter it.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Henry David Thoreau

Although he thought of himself as a poet, Henry David Thoreau's most defining work was his book, Walden.

Date Published: 1849-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/my-life-has-been-poem-i-would-have-writ