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Prompt, first and last: A literary & cinematic quiz and prompt

Best Years of our LivesName the author, the book or movie or play, and whether the quote is a first or last line:

(1) Our is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
(2) 'What a dump!'
(3) [The earth said] 'No, not yet,' and the sky said 'No, not there.'
(4) 'Yes,' I said. 'Isn't it pretty to think so.'
(5) 'The artist is the creator of beautiful things.'
(6) 'We're free.'
(7)  'We'll have no money, no decent place to live.  We'll have to work, get kicked around. . .'
(8) He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare, which made you think of a charging bull.
(9) 'Who's there?'
(10) An ordinary young man was on his way from his hometown of Hamburg tp Davos-Platz in the canon of Graubunden. It was the height of summer, and he planned to stay for three weeks.
(11) "Shut up, and deal."
(12) "What a Christmas! What a Christmas!"
(13) "Madness!"
(14) "Maybe he just wanted our wire-cutters. Ever think of that?"
(15) In 1913,when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically, descended upon him.

Now . . .choose one & make it the first or last line of a new poem (14 lines or less).


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark


from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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