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<Text id=PlaColo> <Author>Plath, Sylvia</Author> <Title>The Colossus</Title> <Edition>London: Faber and Faber, 1972</Edition> <Date>1955-1959</Date> <body> <loc><locdoc>PlaColo9</locdoc><milestone n=9> <div0><div0.title>The Manor Garden</div0.title> <div1 type=stanza n=1> <l>The fountains are dry and the roses over.</l> <l>Incense of death. Your day approaches.</l> <l>The pears fatten like little buddhas.</l> <l>A blue mist is dragging the lake.</l> </div1><div1 type=stanza n=2> <l>You move through the era of fishes,</l> <l>The smug centuries of the pig--</l> <l>Head, toe and finger</l> <l>Come clear of the shadow. History</l> </div1><div1 type=stanza n=3> <l>Nourishes these broken flutings,</l> <l>These crowns of acanthus,</l> <l>And the crow settles her garments.</l> <l>You inherit white heather, a bee's wing,</l> </div1><div1 type=stanza n=4> <l>Two suicides, the family wolves,</l> <l>Hours of blackness. Some hard stars</l> <l>Already yellow the heavens.</l> <l>The spider on its own . . .