Sunday, May 20, 2007

Poems and Quotes

Reading poems and quotes seem to be my latest passion. I feel delighted and at the same time rejuvenated when I go through a poem or a quote. Recently, while I was going through a book - Vedanta Treatise I read a poem titled "Solitude" written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

I believe that every author or poet has some moral to convey to its readers from his/her writings. I don’t know what is the actual intension of poet behind writing this poem but, while reciting the lines of this poem - I felt a strange content in my heart, so decided to post this poem in my blog.

The lines of the poem go like this:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone ;
For the brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
It has sorrows enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh! it is lost in the air;
The echoes do bound a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There is none to decline your nectar'd wine,
But all alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.


SIVA said...

nice pick...

Rixon - Rohan said...

Hey the Poem is damn neat re.....never knew had sucha good talent next to me..... anyways good i came to know before leaving atleast.....

Nishant said...

Cool, had been thinking of looking up the full text of this poem. Was saved the effort.

It indeed is true that one wonders what the intention of the poet was because generally when you read a poem, you tend to evaluate it Vs your own experiences.

Recently read a column by a journalist who was ruing reading the autobiographies of poets, for that totally changed her perception of the litrary works she had read.

That made me conclude, Just Read and Enjoy... :)