John Donne

(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

A Lame Beggar


I am unable, yonder beggar cries,
To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Form: Epigram


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  • Gold Star - 29,101 Points Gajanan Mishra (10/15/2014 7:56:00 AM)

    Though small, dangerous! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,230 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (10/15/2014 4:02:00 AM)

    If the beggar is unable to stand or walk, he has to lie. On the other hand, if he says what he expresses is true, it is a lie. Poet seems to tell us a story about a beggar, which seems dubious, I feel. What ever it may be, poem is a brilliant expression of a poetic heart. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/15/2014 3:05:00 AM)

    A lame is running a dumb is speaking and a blind is describing a picture....It's a true lies (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,737 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/21/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    The negativism of life makes the human being to do such begging like jobs to find out a living and here the poet says only few lines and though this is good. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (11/8/2013 9:09:00 PM)

    Even in today's society, you can't be sure if the lame beggar is telling the truth... so many people want to take advantage.. awesome poem :) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,853 Points Douglas Scotney (10/15/2013 6:15:00 PM)

    But would i lie
    If I sigh,
    'He also cries 'f...'
    More than 'luck'? ' (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,853 Points Douglas Scotney (10/15/2013 6:13:00 PM)

    But would I lie
    If I sigh,
    'He also cries 'f...'
    More than 'luck'? ' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Manohar Bhatia (10/15/2013 7:23:00 AM)

    The poet gives out a clear message about a beggar, who is lame but is wont to begging.......... his tears might be just a cover for sympathy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (10/15/2012 11:51:00 AM)

    ****But he may sit! **** (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Ali Chukwuemeka (10/15/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    The poem is short but heavily laden with heden meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/15/2012 4:51:00 AM)

    Ah the suspicious mind.... frozen to the spot even though he doubts the plea's ... a good short but sweet, confident piece...tyvm karen his lines almost suggest he becomes the victim... clever (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 585 Points Ramesh T A (10/15/2011 4:07:00 AM)

    Yes, indeed a lame beggar cannot stand and move walking as all do but only lie and crawl like a child ever in life! It's a common sight in the street one can witness everyday in my town too! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Adrian Currier (10/15/2009 11:16:00 PM)

    I totally don't get it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Herman Chiu (10/15/2009 8:00:00 PM)

    Funny!
    I was caught for a moment, but figured it out, and had a small laugh.
    The kind of joke everyone likes, just a little. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,558 Points Is It Poetry (10/15/2009 7:40:00 PM)

    Can not, blind eyes...
    belay; too you,
    what poor bodies, do....iip (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Albert Wong (10/15/2008 11:36:00 PM)

    Oh, this is a mul-tim in-parvo, really enough.
    Thanks for this represents for all the members same voices. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Fiona Davidson (10/15/2008 1:05:00 PM)

    Short and to the point....says it all...thank you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Trinidad Villafranca (10/15/2008 9:50:00 AM)

    striaght and to the piont you said so much with such simple words congrats (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Meriki Parkinson\fraser (10/15/2007 10:54:00 PM)

    Very well written. It comes across quite clearly to the reader.

    Controversial also.

    I am very fond of this short, blunt style of writing.

    Thanks for sharing.
    M* (Report) Reply

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