If there be grief, then let it be but
And this but silver grief for grieving's
If these green woods be dreaming here
Within my heart, if I should rouse again.
But I shall sleep, for where is any death
While in these blue hills slumbrous overhead
I'm rooted like a tree? Though I be dead,
This earth that holds me fast will find
Before he turned his hand to fiction,
Faulkner’s literary career was mostly as a poet, fashioning
poems modeled rather conscientiously upon such fin de siècle poets
as Swinburne and Housman. Essentially a Romantic, Faulkner’s
poems frequently reveled in melancholy, unrequited love, and love
of nature. Both his first nationally published work — the
poem “LApres-Midi dun faune” — and his
first published book, The Marble
Faun, were poetry.
Later, after turning primarily to fiction
as an outlet for his creativity, Faulkner would call himself a
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Vision in Spring, privately
printed [Mississippi], 1921.
The Marble Faun (also see
below), Four Seas (Boston), 1924.
This Earth, a Poem, drawings
by Albert Heckman, Equinox, 1932.
A Green Bough (includes The
Marble Faun), H. Smith and R. Haas, 1933, published as The
Marble Faun [and] A Green Bough, Random House,
Mississippi Poems (also see
below), limited edition with introduction by Joseph Blotner
and afterword by Luis Daniel Brodsky, Yoknapatawpha Press (Oxford,
Helen, a Courtship [and] Mississippi
Poems, introductory essays by Carvel Collins and
Joseph Blotner, Tulane University and Yoknapatawpha Press,