Harriet Monroe

(23 December 1860 – 26 September 1936 / Chicago, Illinois)

In The Beginning - Poem by Harriet Monroe

WHEN sunshine met the wave,
Then love was born;
Then Venus rose to save
A world forlorn.

For light a thousand wings
Of joy unfurled,
And bound with golden rings
The icy world.

And color flamed the earth
With glad desire,
Till life sprang to the birth,
Fire answering fire,

And so the world awoke,
And all was done,
When first the ocean spoke
Unto the sun.


Comments about In The Beginning by Harriet Monroe

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/27/2016 4:29:00 AM)

    When Sunshine met the wave
    Then love was born
    Then Venus rose to save
    A world forlorn.
    Awesome write. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/4/2015 10:58:00 PM)

    I especially like the lines

    'For light a thousand wings
    Of joy unfurled,
    And bound with golden rings
    The icy world.

    And color flamed the earth
    With glad desire, '

    raises possibilities (Report) Reply

  • Lubinda Lubinda Lubinda Lubinda (12/4/2015 4:31:00 PM)

    I like the idea that the world sprung from simple things like light and water, its an awesome way to look at the creation of the world. great piece, thanx for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (12/4/2015 4:07:00 PM)

    A simple and imaginative work, its simplicity makes it easy to remember, filled with a lot of new age spiritual mysticism before such concepts were popular. (Report) Reply

  • Driss Ezzireg (12/4/2015 3:36:00 PM)

    The fusion of light and water is electrifying.It ignites the world.Splendid! (Report) Reply

  • Shahin Latif Shahin Latif (12/4/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    My pleasure. This is so nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Darwin Henry Beuning Darwin Henry Beuning (12/4/2015 7:58:00 AM)

    Nice, but one of her poems that I love best is, A Play Festival in Ogden Park. I highly recommend everyone read it. I noticed the name of the poem first, as we have Ogden, Utah near me. (Report) Reply

  • Oladoyin Micheal Oladoyin Micheal (12/4/2015 7:29:00 AM)

    'Tis a poem rich in alternating rhyme. What a nice poem! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/4/2015 2:12:00 AM)

    With glad desire to respect nature. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/4/2015 2:02:00 AM)

    If Harriet Monroe is number 409 on the top 500 poets, and if this poem of hers is good enough to be selected as poem of the day, why does it only have a rating of 3.7 out of ten, based on 274 votes? I wouldn't rate it QUITE that low, but it really isn't anything special. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (12/4/2015 1:05:00 AM)

    Then Venus rose to save
    A world forlorn
    Awe some philosophy and realistic too. The Venus had truely saved the world from being forlorn. She made it worth living.Enjoyed the poem. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Sokhen Tudu Sokhen Tudu (12/4/2015 1:04:00 AM)

    I am entertained reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/4/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    Superb imagery and nice flow, I liked it well written.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010



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