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(12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862 / Concord, Massachusetts)

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Inspiration

Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/18/2014 9:41:00 AM)

    Surrendering to the god and the god given capability is a good example of total surrender to the allmighty and the poet selected the theme in its correct spirit and very good to recite and study and also understand in positive way.

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/27/2013 12:40:00 AM)

    ...........a very inspiring poem...great lines...

    ~Be but thy inspiration given,
    No matter through what danger sought,
    I'll fathom hell or climb to heaven,
    And yet esteem that cheap which love has bought. ~

  • Barbara Stump (11/23/2013 5:32:00 AM)

    Beauty shines from deep within,
    from the depth of the heart's soul, where it began. bravo
    the poetess/Barbara

  • Dr. A.celestine Raj Manohar Md (12/27/2012 5:14:00 PM)

    Inspiration is the primal key to writing good, better and the best poems by most poets!

  • Thando Mashinini (12/27/2011 9:42:00 AM)

    Marvellous, and in tune with concrete structure. SUPAMAGONDOFIAS!

  • Kevin Straw (12/27/2010 6:16:00 PM)

    Thoreau seems to be contrasting the muse that is God, with 'those old nine which rhymers invocate' - he is saying that where God is the inspiration then the line is unalterable, all else is second best. Herman Chiu is right - Thoreau goes deep into the heart and soul of the interaction of Muse with be-Mused! Whether Thoreau is right to say the Muse is God is another matter, but the poem is deeply stirring in the way it shows so clearly such profound insight.

  • Herman Chiu (12/27/2009 6:32:00 PM)

    It is a rare and wonderful thing that someone will write so accurately about the way humans interact with our maker, or from a non-believer's perspective, the world.
    I am honored and delighted to have read this.

  • Ramesh T A (12/27/2009 12:42:00 AM)

    Without interest even we are earnestly working on a thing it will not be so lively and real in stuff! But inspiration makes all wonderful in things we do as wonderful as things happening in Nature; it's all God's will! Nature is unique and inspiring to poets with great zeal that can be seen in poems oozing out wonderful numbers!

  • Amy Douglass (Fifita) (12/27/2008 9:04:00 PM)

    Awesome read. I like it even though it a bit different to the stuff i normally read.

  • Rita Hawkins (12/27/2008 5:45:00 AM)

    ignore people like herbert, good job.

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