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Post by Archived Topic » Sun Nov 28, 2004 4:51 pm

This is actually a search for a poem I saw many years ago but have been unable to find recently. The first verse is:

"For me the naked and the nude
by lexicographers construed
as synonyms that should express
the same deficiency of dress
stand as wide apart
as love from lies or truth from art."

Has anyone seen this?
Thanks!
Steve
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Nov 28, 2004 5:05 pm

Try http://plagiarist.com/poetry/7111/
How I used Google to find this:
Enter "truth from art" including the quotation marks so that you match the exact phrase.
The first result is as much as you quoted with the author's name (Robert Graves) and the title (The Naked and the Nude) which you can then use to find a site with the entire poem.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Nov 28, 2004 5:20 pm

Steve, here it is, in full.

The Naked and the Nude
Robert Graves

For me, the naked and the nude
(By lexicographers construed
As synonyms that should express
The same deficiency of dress
Or shelter) stand as wide apart
As love from lies, or truth from art.

Lovers without reproach will gaze
On bodies naked and ablaze;
The Hippocratic eye will see
In nakedness, anatomy;
And naked shines the Goddess when
She mounts her lion among men.

The nude are bold, the nude are sly
To hold each treasonable eye.
While draping by a showman's trick
Their dishabille in rhetoric,
They grin a mock-religious grin
Of scorn at those of naked skin.

The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
Yet when they both together tread
The briary pastures of the dead,
By Gorgons with long whips pursued,
How naked go the sometime nude!

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