REH Word of the Week: pent Essay

adjective

  1. shut up; confined

[origin: ca. 1550; probably from past participle of obsolete English pend to confine]HOWARD’S USAGE:Drowsy and dull with age the houses blink,On aimless streets that youthfulness forget —But what time-grisly figures glide and slinkDown the old alleys when the moon has set?They say foul things of Old Times still lurkIn Dark forgotten corners of the world,And gates still gape to loose, on certain nights,Shapes pent in hell . .

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.Tread not where stony deserts holdLost secrets of an alien land,And gaunt against the sunset’s goldColossal nightmare towers stand.[from “The House in the Oaks”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 236 and Robert E.

Howard Selected Poems, p. 35]

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