Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

The Good, Great Man


'How seldom, friend! a good great man inherits
Honour or wealth with all his worth and pains!
It sounds like stories from the land of spirits
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  • Gold Star - 21,309 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/29/2014 9:11:00 AM)

    Coleridges great poem the Love, Light, and Calm essential qualities of a good great man. It is beautifully told by the great poet.Good men are the world's asset. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 432 Points Mokhtari Houssam Eddine (9/29/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    What a great poem to read :)) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,706 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/29/2014 5:10:00 AM)

    STC is very cryptic poet and his involvement in French revolution.. For shame, dear friend, renounce this canting strain! //Or throne of corses which his sword had slain? // LOVE, and LIGHT, And CALM THOUGHTS, regular as infant's breath: in fact he is talking to himself...I/We are the Maker of our Fate...we/I himself, maker is maker and Fate is Angelic Death (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ganesh Babu Ramanathan (9/29/2013 11:03:00 PM)

    The poet exemplifies a person's great friend not others but himself. Great. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,431 Points Douglas Scotney (9/29/2013 6:49:00 PM)

    to no 'dear friend' replies he; he's replying to himself (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 866 Points Liliana ~el (9/29/2013 6:20:00 AM)

    This is spectacular! True. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 96 Points Ugochukwu Benjamin Aneke (9/29/2013 2:48:00 AM)

    The good great man, what else would thou seeketh? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (9/29/2012 10:24:00 AM)

    There is a fourth friend - the one who pretends friendship because the man is great. There are not many great men, even the good ones, that have love and calm thoughts - not even the likes of Mandela and Gandhi, though they are by definition filled with light - if that means great intelligence and wisdom. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 508 Points Ramesh T A (9/29/2012 9:27:00 AM)

    Great good men's treasures are indeed LOVE, and LIGHT, And CALM THOUGHTS and their friends are HIMSELF, his MAKER, and the ANGEL DEATH! They are not the means but the end sure as Coleridge says! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Christian Eliab Ratnam (10/1/2005 1:50:00 AM)

    Beatiful poem! Mr Coleridge puts the rewards of a good man and the blessings he will have, in a poem. Bibilical philosophy of a good man! (Report) Reply

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