The Great War

from Retrogression and Other Poems: Electronic Edition

The Sexes of Song

FIRST in the empire of the Muse

Are the broad athletes, the all-male,

Who from their cradles had the thews

That unwithstandably prevail.

But many a province she possesses,

Rich in fair manors and proud seats.

Bestowed on such great poetesses

As Shelley and June-hearted Keats.