Chandler’s Poetry

November 11, 2012 | 1 book mentioned 4

Before cutting his teeth as novelist and screenwriter, Raymond Chandler tried to make it as a poet. Here are some early poems from the author of The Long Goodbye.

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4 comments:

  1. I’m looking for the poem written by Raymond Chandler witht some words written in his poem that talk about “these mean streets” or a “hero” or just “mean Streets”.

    I hope someone out here in the cyber world will know and understand what I might be speaking about….please help!
    Dennis

  2. “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor—by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.

    “He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him.

    “The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.”

    ― Raymond Chandler

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