Careful Words

branch (n.)

branch (v.)

branch (adj.)

Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight,

And burnèd is Apollo's laurel bough,

That sometime grew within this learnèd man.

Christopher Marlowe (1565-1593): Faustus.

Those green-robed senators of mighty woods,

Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars,

Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.

John Keats (1795-1821): Hyperion. Book i.