Theodore Roosevelt: Described by a Poet


deaf in left ear
 
As a result of the otitis media, he lost his hearing in the left ear 1a 2a.

The poet Edgar Lee Masters vividly described Roosevelt's health in later years SEE BELOW.


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The poet Edgar Lee Masters described his last visit with TR 1b:

... He's drest in canvas khaki, flannel shirt.
Laced boots for farming, chopping trees, perhaps;
A stocky frame, curtains of skin on cheeks
Drained slightly of their fat; gash on the neck
Where pus was emptied lately; one eye dim
And growing dimmer; almost blind in that.
And when he walks he rolls a little like
A man whose youth is fading, like a cart
That rolls when springs are old. He is a moose,
Scarred, battered from the hunters, thickets, stones;
Some finest tips of antlers broken off.
And eyes where images of ancient things
Flit back and forth across them keeping still
A certain slumberous indifference
Or wisdom, it may be...

Cited Sources
  1. Manners, William. TR and Will: A Friendship that Split the Republican Party. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1969.
        
    a  p.303  b  p.309
  2. Pringle, Henry F. The Life and Times of William Howard Taft: A Biography. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1939.
        
    a  p.912

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