Arts & Culture

Shadow and substance

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Harvard alumnus T.S. Eliot published 10 poems in the student-run literary magazine The Harvard Advocate between 1907 and 1910, including the one below.

These photos pay homage to the spirit of learning and discovery expressed by Eliot.
— Kris Snibbe

Ode
For the hour that is left us Fair Harvard, with thee,
Ere we face the importunate years,
In thy shadow we wait, while thy presence dispels
Our vain hesitations and fears.
And we turn as thy sons ever turn, in the strength
Of the hopes that thy blessings bestow,
From the hopes and ambitions that sprang at thy feet
To the thoughts of the past as we go.

Yet for all of these years that to-morrow has lost
We are still the less able to grieve,
With so much that of Harvard we carry away
In the place of the life that we leave.
And only the years that efface and destroy
Give us also the vision to see
What we owe for the future, the present, and past,
Fair Harvard, to thine and to thee.

Double vision! A passing student is captured in the reflection of John F. Kennedy’s portrait inside the Harvard Kennedy School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
The ornate woodwork of Lowell House looks even more magisterial in the warm sun. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
These burnished leaves stand out against Widener’s white columns as autumn arrives in Cambridge. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
An ice-blue Charles River is disturbed by rowers and the intruding shadows of wintry trees. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
This clover-shaped lattice encapsulates a student entering Annenberg Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
A kaleidoscopic marvel of color and pattern shrouds the construction of a new common space outside the Science Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
This rainbow, caused by a camera lens flare, arcs above the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Jan Randolph, the longtime assistant to the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, passes by a black ribbon hung in Gomes’ memory on the door of Sparks House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
This painterly scene is a distorted view through thick Carpenter Center windows. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Daniel Lewis '11 performs with “The Noteables: Harvard's Broadway Beat” inside Dudley House during Arts First. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Wigglesworth House proctor Joseph Vitti spends a lazy day lounging with Charles the dog in the Dudley garden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Harvard Band members Taylor Weary '16 (left) and Katie Tingle '14 perform during Community Day at Harvard Stadium. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Christopher Smiles ’15 (left) takes students on a raucous ride in front of the Science Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
A tour bus window reflects the Lowell House tower. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
Heaven’s gate: A picturesque day is framed by Harvard’s Memorial Church. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Beatrice Chu, a visitor from Hong Kong, crosses these crosses in the brick wall outside Matthews Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer
Moving shadows: A figure heads upstairs at Bauer Lab. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
As daylight fades, the Harvard-Radcliffe Rugby Football Club keeps practicing. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
A toddler prances through the Northwest Science Building. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
Army ROTC students gather at dawn to begin their group exercise. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer