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Trumbull Stickney
Joseph Trumbull Stickney (June 20, 1874 - October 11, 1904) was an American classical scholar and poet. His style has been characterised as fin de siècle and he is known for his sonnets in particular. He was born in Geneva and spent much of his life in Europe.. He attended Harvard University from 1891 to 1895. He then studied for a doctorate at the Sorbonne. He wrote there two dissertations, one on Ermolao Barbaro, and the other on Les Sentences dans la Poésie Grècque. His was the first non-francophone doctorat ès lettres. He then took a teaching position at Harvard, but died in Boston of a brain tumour about a year later. Stickney's poem "Song" is plagiarized in the 2006 film The Good Shepherd by a Yale professor of English in a failed attempt to seduce the protagonist, portrayed by Matt Damon.

and, the last day being come, man stood alone
And, the last day being come, Man stood alone
Ere sunrise on the world's dismantled verge,... [read poem]
i hear a river thro' the valley wander
I hear a river thro' the valley wander
Whose water runs, the song alone remaining.
A rainbow stands and summer passes under.

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