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Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

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A Valentine's Song


MOTLEY I count the only wear
That suits, in this mixed world, the truly wise,
Who boldly smile upon despair
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  • Bronze Star - 5,623 Points * Sunprincess * (1/14/2014 8:58:00 PM)

    .......this poem still leaves me astonished...I like these lines..
    ~I know how, day by weary day,
    Hope fades, love fades, a thousand pleasures fade.
    I have not trudged in vain that way
    On which life's daylight darkens, shade by shade.
    And still, with hopes decreasing, griefs increased,
    Still, with what wit I have shall I, for one,
    Keep open, at the annual feast,
    The puppet-booth of fun.~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Malini Kadir (1/14/2014 1:26:00 PM)

    I like the depth and comparison drawn here.....how he mocks in his style and adheres to form........ (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,623 Points * Sunprincess * (12/5/2013 2:44:00 PM)

    one of his best poems
    love these lines
    ~Press freely up the road to truth,
    The King's highway of choice~ (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,623 Points * Sunprincess * (10/5/2012 7:27:00 PM)

    A pagan holiday, please stand back oh priest..impressive write and thank you Robert Louis Stevenson. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (1/14/2010 5:40:00 PM)

    All hail, you modern pagans who misconstrue the origins of a Christian holy day based on an ancient pagan festival, Lupercalia! Read closely and see how cleverly Stevenson mocks those who see through a scanner darkly!

    The speaker (persona that the poet invents for the purpose) introduces himself as a clown in motley and bells who celebrates the pagan beliefs and practices of the god Lupercus who protected ancient Rome from ravaging wolf packs. He advises that despite the ravages of time, we persist in observing such a holiday. Youth springs eternal in his understanding of the one day in the Christian calendar set aside for the unruly rites of erotic love! After all, it is the King's highway of choice! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (1/14/2010 7:28:00 AM)

    To be truthful to oneself is important, but not the only truth. One may be truthful to oneself and a liar to others. This is a heavy poem for a Valentine's celebration. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 212 Points Ramesh T A (1/14/2010 1:17:00 AM)

    What is the use of praying inside the door when hope has faded and love too has faded? Let us be truthful to ourself first because truth certainly triumphs! Indeed freedom is outside, even if it be rustic like or songs of unrefined nature and in that state only love can really be celebrated on Valentine's time! Truly love can cherish and flourish only in freedom of the world around all! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Amy Sanford (1/14/2008 7:21:00 PM)

    this poem is so cool that is really all i can say! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! this poem go hard! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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