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message 1: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments The river brought down
dead horses, dead men
and military debris,
indicative of war
or official acts upstream,
but it went by, it all
goes by, that is the thing
about the river. Then
a soldier on a log
went by. He seemed drunk
and we asked him Why
had he and this junk
come down to us so
from the past upstream.
“Friends,” he said, “the great
Battle of Granicus
has just been won
by all of the Greeks except
the Lacedaemonians and
myself: this is a joke
between me and a man
named Alexander, whom
all of you ba bas
will hear of as a god.”


Who wrote this?


message 2: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments This is my personal favorite poet, but I didn't know this poem. Maybe somebody does? If not, I will post another until we figure it out.


message 3: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments This poet is a Transcendentalist.


message 4: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments The Name of the poem is Conscience


message 5: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments Here is another. Is this too difficult...Poetry?


Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good-fame,
Plans, credit and the Muse,—
Nothing refuse.

’T is a brave master;
Let it have scope:
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope:
High and more high
It dives into noon,
With wing unspent,
Untold intent:
But it is a god,
Knows its own path
And the outlets of the sky.

It was never for the mean;
It requireth courage stout.
Souls above doubt,
Valor unbending,
It will reward,—
They shall return
More than they were,
And ever ascending.

Leave all for love;
Yet, hear me, yet,
One word more thy heart behoved,
One pulse more of firm endeavor,—
Keep thee to-day,
To-morrow, forever,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved.

Cling with life to the maid;
But when the surprise,
First vague shadow of surmise
Flits across her bosom young,
Of a joy apart from thee,
Free be she, fancy-free;
Nor thou detain her vesture’s hem,
Nor the palest rose she flung
From her summer diadem.

Though thou loved her as thyself,
As a self of purer clay,
Though her parting dims the day,
Stealing grace from all alive;
Heartily know,
When half-gods go,
The gods arrive.


message 6: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments A little too old-fashioned and talky for me. I liked the first poem better. I'm surprised that they're so different from each other.


message 7: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments True. I didn’t think to check the dates. Oops. I want to see how much time elapsed between the two.
I’m reading his Essays right now and there are several singular paragraphs that I enjoy.

I like your style of poetry, before I read yours I wasn’t familiar with that.


message 8: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments Another hint:
He does Essays and he wrote one called Nature that is excellent! That’s how I knew he was a transcendentalist.


message 9: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments Heather wrote: "I like your style of poetry, before I read yours I wasn’t familiar with that...."

Thanks, Heather. I love that you like my stuff. I'd say I pretty much write in the style of many contemporary poets.

And yes, it would be interesting to see the time between these two poems.


message 10: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 363 comments Emerson was a transcendentalist who wrote essays. Is it him?


message 11: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments Yep! You got it, Connie! I’m glad this wasn’t too difficult was it?


message 12: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments I’m so sorry, Ruth! When I saw your post about the dates I was at work then came home and crashed.
But now I’m looking and have viewed about 8-9 different sites and none of them have dates ascribed to any of the poems! I specifically looked for the above two but also all poems by Emerson.
I’m sorry I can’t find the dates each were written. I will keep looking and post what I find.


message 13: by Connie (last edited Apr 15, 2019 06:11AM) (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 363 comments Heather wrote: "Yep! You got it, Connie! I’m glad this wasn’t too difficult was it?"

It was easy because I've visited Concord, Massachusetts where Emerson, and Thoreau lived. If you're ever in that area, there is a nice walking path around Walden Pond as well as Revolutionary War sites in another part of town.


message 14: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8348 comments I would LOVE to visit there sometime. Someday... it’s on my bucket list!


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