Learn More

John McCrae

(30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918 / Guelph, Ontario)

Previous Month December 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
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 3 4
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

Anarchy


I saw a city filled with lust and shame,
Where men, like wolves, slunk through the grim half-light;
And sudden, in the midst of it, there came
One who spoke boldly for the cause of Right.

And speaking, fell before that brutish race
Like some poor wren that shrieking eagles tear,
While brute Dishonour, with her bloodless face
Stood by and smote his lips that moved in prayer.

"Speak not of God! In centuries that word
Hath not been uttered! Our own king are we."
And God stretched forth his finger as He heard
And o'er it cast a thousand leagues of sea.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
14 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: lust, city, sea, god, light

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 (Anarchy by John McCrae )

Enter the verification code :

  • Freshman - 1,032 Points Noreen Carden (12/11/2014 10:05:00 AM)

    John congratulations on your poem being named poem of the day. It is a very powerful piece. Beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 902 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (12/11/2014 5:14:00 AM)

    Beautiful poetic portrayal of a society void of justice, where big fish feed off small fish ('Matsyanyay' in Sanskrit) , and its ultimate road to perdition! I loved the brevity of expression! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David L. Hatton (12/11/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    A superb example of how poetry succinctly captures a primal truth: that the fitting dissolution of ungovernable free-will creatures is wrought by nature's obedience to the corrective will of the sovereign and just Law-Giver. Never better said! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 62 Points Roxanne Dubarry (12/11/2013 3:03:00 PM)

    You describe the world during Noah's day before the worldwide flood. You have also described much of today's contemporary society. You also described both God's reaction, but also His redemption, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 28 Points Melissa Cantrell (2/11/2013 9:04:00 PM)

    Such a great poem. I love how it describe's God's reaction. The poet is truly talented in his works. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Zine Hadjira (12/11/2012 2:39:00 PM)

    Speak not of God! In centuries that word
    Hath not been uttered! Our own king are we.

    SO GREAT AND EXPRSSIVE

    I like this om very much (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 136 Points Rekha Mandagere (12/11/2011 1:48:00 AM)

    The poet deeply touches the cry of this modern era in which man finds himself as everything! Godless, fearless, valueless moribund world in which man finds himself supreme but the truth is, he is leading anarchic life! The poet has used wise imagery and it is highly educative. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (12/11/2009 7:33:00 AM)

    This is Christianity gone mad. No city is 'filled' with lust and shame. The flood was the story of an act of vengeance by a maniac God no one now believes in. This is the unacceptable face of religion. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ramesh T A (12/11/2009 1:39:00 AM)

    Another part of ravages of war is quite inhuman and more than animal like is wonderfully depicted during the course of WW1! Despite many changes aftereffects of modern wars are not praiseworthy even today! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ian Singer (12/9/2008 8:59:00 AM)

    it is ok i didn't really like it that much. i don't see how it got into the top500 that is what has me confused. (Report) Reply

Read all 17 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  4. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  5. Police Car, Mitchell Gonzalez
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. A Visit from St. Nicholas, Clement Clarke Moore
  9. The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus, Ogden Nash
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Li Po

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Marvin Brato Sr

New Poems

  1. My Little Bird, Alfred Oyori
  2. Regret, Damian Murphy
  3. Helpless reasonings, Howard MacDougall
  4. The first Flight, michael hagwood
  5. Fake, RJP Patterson
  6. Bee Bathes In Bliss, Saiom Shriver
  7. Merry Christmas, lee fones
  8. Searching For Convictions, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. Not Strong Enough, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Past Woes, Naveed Akram
[Hata Bildir]