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A Good Boy

I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.

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  • Talib Deen (8/14/2013 9:58:00 PM)

    check out my poem pls

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  • Douglas Scotney (8/14/2013 7:23:00 PM)

    He's talking himself into having a nightmare-free sleep.Have a look at Coleridge's 'The Nightingale' and my 'A Father's Tale' for different takes on nightmares.

  • Lamont Palmer (8/14/2013 9:34:00 AM)

    It seems to me that its a metaphor speaking to how we should behave as adults, which is to lead a simple life, be as noble as one can be and be thankful to be alive. -LP

  • Jibril Hunt (3/27/2013 5:56:00 AM)

    i mean its ok its very unatrual but hes also unique in character

  • Jacob Bearer (8/14/2012 2:22:00 PM)

    Yeah, there's something unnatural about this poem! I would think a good boy would have a sling shot in his hand and a neighbor's broken window pane, or a can of cooked beans steaming next to what was once grandpa's tool shed - now there's a good boy. This just isn't a poem I think I'll want to revisit; unless someone can give me a coupe reasons to do so...thoughts?

  • Kevin Straw (8/14/2012 12:10:00 PM)

    Everyone has missed the unnaturalness of this little boy's life. Stephenson's nurse was a strict Calvinist and her religion and folk beliefs were an early source of nightmares for the boy. It is as though he has to keep a grip on himself to earn a good night. The mention of the ugly dreams indicates that he was not a stranger to them. This is not the poem of a happy boy.

  • Kevin Straw (8/14/2012 1:46:00 AM)

    till tomorrow is wrong. He is saying that he will see the sun arise all night!

  • Bella Stylos (8/14/2011 7:24:00 AM)

    Awesome indeed.it strikes on innocence and living without worries unlike Adults.very awesome indeed

  • Ramesh T A (8/14/2010 2:05:00 AM)

    A good boy's daily routine is well said in a simple way by the poet!

  • Nick K (4/25/2010 10:21:00 AM)

    Just chanced upon this poem on here, and it almost made me cry. I chose this poem as an 8 or 9 year old at school to try to memorise and recite in a school assembly or something.

    It just reminds me of childhood innocence, and I remember really believing in this poem, and doing my best to live like this. This was back when I believed in the Catholic Church, of course. Oh, how I have changed since then, but I must always try and remember this poem, and keep trying to live this way.

    Beautiful, simple words, I love the last couplet, and I think I will read this to my kids each night before they go to sleep, as we have a lilac tree outside their bedroom window.

    Thank you, Mr Stevenson.

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