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I wanted to dedicate this poem to ye

Postby MonroeDoctrine » Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:54 am

I think this poem was appropriate for the forum and I think everyone will appreciate it; I dedicate this one to everyone in the forum that has enjoyed the dialogue on the precious art of poetry.


Prometheus

Prometheus stole from Heaven
the sacred fire
And swept to earth with it o'er
land and sea.
He lit the vestal flames of poesy,
Content, for this, to brave celestial ire.

Wroth were the gods, and with
eternal hate
Pursued the fearless one who
ravished Heaven
That earth might hold in fee
the perfect leaven
To lift men's soul about their low estate.

But judge you now, when poets
wield the pen,
Think you not well the wrong
has been repaired?
'T was all in vain that ill
Prometheus fared:
The fire has been returned to Heaven again!

We have no singers like the ones whose note
Gave challenge to the noblest
warbler's song.
We have no voice so mellow, sweet, and stong
As that which broke from Shelly's golden throat.

The measure of our songs is our
desires:
We tinkle where old poets used to storm.
We lack their substance tho' we keep their from:
We strum our banjo-strings and call them lyres.

by Paul Lawrence Dunbar
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Re: I wanted to dedicate this poem to ye

Postby Saturn » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:04 am

MonroeDoctrine wrote:We tinkle where old poets used to storm.
We lack their substance tho' we keep their from:
We strum our banjo-strings and call them lyres.


I love this - excellent MD :D

You are quite the poet dude - you've been hiding all these years or what?
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Postby greymouse » Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:06 pm

MonroeDoctrine,

You are a very good poet! I hope you submit here more often; this is fantastic.
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Postby greymouse » Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:09 pm

Ah - it's by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. No wonder it seemed so polished.
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Postby dks » Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:20 pm

Thank you for sharing Dunbar's poem, MD. It is quite appropriate, indeed.
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Postby Saturn » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:12 pm

And I thought he had written it :roll:

Over to the miscellaneous section this goes...
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Sorry

Postby MonroeDoctrine » Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:27 am

Sorry I gave credit to Dunbar in a late fashion, I just messed up when I edited my message--------------- problem solved all credit goes to the American Poet Dunbar. I'm proud to say there is an American tradition of intellectuals! And I shall fight to carry it on!
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Postby Brave Archer » Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:25 pm

Yet another great who died to young-- I believe of TB-- in his early thirties. But, unlike our boy Keats he was recogniz'd during his own lifetime. He is a great poet though
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Re: Sorry

Postby Saturn » Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:16 pm

MonroeDoctrine wrote:Sorry I gave credit to Dunbar in a late fashion, I just messed up when I edited my message--------------- problem solved all credit goes to the American Poet Dunbar. I'm proud to say there is an American tradition of intellectuals! And I shall fight to carry it on!
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Use the quote thread in the miscellaneous section next time.

"Where's the poet..." is strictly for your own work :wink:
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