Members Who Read Most Number Of Poems

Live Scores

Click here to see the rest of the list

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Previous Month January 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Poem of the Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

A Valentine's Song

MOTLEY I count the only wear
That suits, in this mixed world, the truly wise,
Who boldly smile upon despair
........................
........................
read full text »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Air Of Diabelli's by Robert Louis Stevenson )

Enter the verification code :

  • * 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.~

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • 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........

  • Bernard Snyder (1/14/2014 3:17:00 AM)

    What a wonderfully written poem! Just beautiful!

  • * 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~

  • * Sunprincess * (10/5/2012 7:27:00 PM)

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

  • 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!

  • Joseph Poewhit (1/14/2010 11:30:00 AM)

    Words have a real great context of flow.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Gemini Featherstone (1/14/2009 7:52:00 AM)

    ...Such beautiful language! I want to be able to write like him! !

People who read Robert Louis Stevenson also read

Top 500 Poems

[Hata Bildir]