Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

At Last She Comes


AT last she comes, O never more
In this dear patience of my pain
To leave me lonely as before,
Or leave my soul alone again.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Gold Star - 35,197 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/17/2014 3:26:00 AM)

    Carefully gone line by line and within words..all readers and those commented overlooked the essence of this poem this poem is about death and separation - (AT last she comes, O never more, In this dear patience of my pain..Poet expected death whereas he already suffering the separation patiently) and the part of the poem - (To leave me lonely as before, Or leave my soul alone again. Here poet said I will be alone in my grave and by this way soul will be without body) interesting just now came in my mind Body and soul here treated as wife and husband..initially a separation and finally a separation either way...fantastic poem and can't be written further so beautiful my humble request to readers please clear your mind and re read thank you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Dash Black (9/17/2013 3:48:00 AM)

    It's short and deeply reflecting what happens when you love one who hurts you. A great short piece, some of you critics can't even come up with two meaningful line, you'll need to explain your poems like short stories. Get a life and appreciate good art. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 459 Points Ramesh T A (9/17/2011 8:36:00 AM)

    A most touching poem in a nut shell by R L Stevenson is most surprising and amazing to read here! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terence George Craddock (9/17/2010 7:11:00 PM)

    After several readings and reflection upon
    the original and two suggested alternatives
    the poem does indeed have deeper meaning
    a deeper resonance in the version suggested by Kevin Straw
    interpret as you will feel free to disagree an interesting piece (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lady Grace (9/17/2009 11:05:00 PM)

    this 4-lined piece is very nice..pain, heartaches, loneliness can be seen in this poem but am pretty sure, the author was very inspired writing this.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points Akachukwu Chukwuemeka (9/17/2009 4:43:00 PM)

    from my understanding of this poem, the man is in pain for a lover that left him, now the lover is back and he's afraid she will leave again causing even greater pain. after all his patience, he is afraid of what he has waited for. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 43 Points Obinna Eruchie (9/17/2009 8:57:00 AM)

    Kevin, there is no grammatical error. And I do not see any difference from the arrangement you have suggested. May be you want the rhyming scheme to go aabb. Mind you, he is expressing himself. Perhaps he meant it to be an inversion, nonetheless he wrote an interesting piece.

    According to the voice of the poem, he asked the old flame, who had left him, a question that has she come to him to restart the relationship they once had, all over for him to go through that can worsen the pain she has given him, after breaking his heart, which he has endured? If so, it is better she should leave him alone to endure the pain. Simple for a reader to go through and understand.

    This was written by a poet who died more than a hundred and twenty three years ago. What he has written is poetry (when the language is usually condensed) , not prose, he has explained himself, and this is enough for the reader (there has to be analysis while reading) to derive some meaning out of it to come up with his or her own conclusions. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (9/17/2009 5:52:00 AM)

    This poem is complete. There is a grammatical problem I think. To make better sense, the 2nd line should be the last so the poem would read:

    AT last she comes, O never more
    To leave me lonely as before,
    Or leave my soul alone again.
    In this dear patience of my pain (Report) Reply

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