Paul Laurence Dunbar

(1872-1906 / Ohio / United States)

At Cheshire Cheese


When first of wise old Johnson taught,
My youthful mind its homage brought,
And made the pond'rous crusty sage
The object of a noble rage.

Nor did I think (How dense we are!)
That any day, however far,
Would find me holding, unrepelled,
The place that Doctor Johnson held!

But change has come and time has moved,
And now, applauded, unreproved,
I hold, with pardonable pride,
The place that Johnson occupied.

Conceit! Presumption! What is this?
You surely read my words amiss;
Like Johnson I,--a man of mind!
How could you ever be so blind?

No. At the ancient 'Cheshire Cheese,'
Blown hither by some vagrant breeze,
To dignify my shallow wit,
In Doctor Johnson's seat I sit!

Submitted: Friday, April 02, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (At Cheshire Cheese by Paul Laurence Dunbar )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Alluring Beauty with Thorns (A Lovely Ro.., Harindhar Reddy
  2. Stars Studded the Sky (cinquain), Harindhar Reddy
  3. Waltz of a Dream, Nathalie Handal
  4. La Movida, Nathalie Handal
  5. Scary and Nightmarey Ghost Walked, Harindhar Reddy
  6. I give You the Love of Calla-lily, Harindhar Reddy
  7. Captured In Chambers Of My Heart, Narayana Raghavan
  8. Beauty Revisited, Narayana Raghavan
  9. Santiago, Nathalie Handal
  10. Limerick-36, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Sonnet I, Sir John Suckling
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. A Poison Tree, William Blake
  10. Carpe Diem, William Shakespeare

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]