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Now that I know
How passion warms little
Of flesh in the mould,
And treasure is brittle,—

I’ll lie here and learn
How, over their ground,
Trees make a long shadow
And a light sound.


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on June 6, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“Knowledge” originally appeared in Body of This Death (R. M. McBride & Company, 1923).


Louise Bogan

Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, in 1897. She is the author of several books of prose and poetry, and was the first woman to hold the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The recipient of a 1968 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bogan died in 1970.

Date Published: 1923-01-01

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