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Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

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A Thought


It is very nice to think
The world is full of meat and drink,
With little children saying grace
In every Christian kind of place.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 3 Points Dash Black (10/2/2013 12:20:00 PM)

    I agree with Ramesh T A thatthis little piece here wasn't for all generations to grasp otherwise to modern man this sounds like an unfinished poem without disrespect. I love his Treasure Island though, so much! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,234 Points Babatunde Aremu (10/2/2013 3:25:00 AM)

    We most times think about our present state oblivious of what others are going through. Great write! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (10/2/2012 11:40:00 AM)

    There is no evidence whatsoever that this poem is an ironical plea for the hungry of the world. It comes from A Child's Garden of Verses written for his childhood nurse and when Stevenson was a staunch conservative. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/2/2012 12:42:00 AM)

    I believe (think) is the key word here.... it is very nice to think... i believe he realised it was not all so as people wished, hoped and expected...tyvm karen (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ramesh T A (10/2/2011 2:23:00 PM)

    It is a poem of his time and not suitable for a all times to read appreciate! He is not much remembered for his poems and appreciated other than his novel, The Treasure Island! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Guybrush Threepwood (10/2/2009 2:57:00 PM)

    I like how pretentious everyone is on this site. It seriously makes me laugh every day I come here. (See, I understand irony!)

    Anyway, the poem is a thought, thought by a man who thought quite a lot. (I'm still doing it!) If he meant for it to be ironic, he didn't do a great job of getting that across. If it's just a thought, well... then it's just a thought. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Peter Maddox (10/2/2009 6:56:00 AM)

    Have read your readers comments and despair - do not these people understand irony? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christine Schmidt (10/2/2009 5:29:00 AM)

    Maybe he meant well, with a little sarcasm and hint of hope. Interesting poem. I like it-short and to the point. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (10/2/2009 3:43:00 AM)

    What a smug vacuous poem! When RLS was writing starvation was everywhere, not least in his own country Britain. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ramesh T A (10/2/2009 1:54:00 AM)

    A wonderful dream to think about! Let the dream come true one day! And it will happen! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robert Quilter (10/2/2008 8:47:00 AM)

    Ok it's sweet and cute, and sort of misses the point.However if its a happy kind of utopian thought we all should aspire to..i guess there's no harm, no foul.Especially whenot makes us think about the subject.Yes and as it was written in the C19th, Mr.Stevenson is allowed his 'Christian' remark...i feel. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Blue angel Florida (10/2/2007 3:37:00 PM)

    Sweet, I would just replace the 'Christian' with something else, as for kids just for being kids shall be in grace, anywhere, everywhere, Always! Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

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