James Joyce

(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

Be Not Sad - Poem by James Joyce

Be not sad because all men
Prefer a lying clamour before you:
Sweetheart, be at peace again -- -
Can they dishonour you?

They are sadder than all tears;
Their lives ascend as a continual sigh.
Proudly answer to their tears:
As they deny, deny.


Comments about Be Not Sad by James Joyce

  • Silver Star - 3,768 Points Francis Lynch (4/19/2015 7:36:00 AM)

    I never thought Joyce to be much of a poet. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
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  • Freshman - 940 Points Leslie Philibert (4/19/2015 5:03:00 AM)

    Bit surprised that JJ produced such a weak poem. Must be early work, juvenilia. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,773 Points Luis Estable (4/19/2015 1:59:00 AM)

    This try comes in the form of advice with a powerful ending. I liked the development of this piece from beginning to end.

    I think the poet did well here.

    Luis Estable (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 514 Points Stephen W (7/27/2014 11:16:00 AM)

    Dunno what the true meaning is, though. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ruby Root (7/10/2006 9:15:00 PM)

    I think these are strong word, and very true. It is very sad. I can relate to
    this poem. Excellent poetry, with true meaning. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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