Learn More

Kostas Karyotakis

(1896-1928 / Greece)

Previous Month January 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Modern Poem of The Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

Ballade to the Forgotten Poets of the Ages


Detested by both men and gods,
like nobles who have bitterly decayed,
the Verlaines wither; wealth remains
to them, of rich and silvery rhyme.
With 'Les Chatiments' the Hugos are intoxicated
by their terrible Olympian revenge.
But I shall write a sorrowful
ballade to the forgotten poets.

Though the Poes have lived in misery,
and though the Baudelaires have suffered living deaths,
they ve all been granted Immortality.
Yet no-one now remembers,
and the deepest darkness has completely buried,
every poetaster who produced limp poetry.
But I make as an offering this reverent
ballade to the forgotten poets.

The world's disdain is heaped on them,
but they pass by, unyielding, pallid,
sacrifices to the tragic fraud that
out there somewhere Glory waits for them,
that wise and merry virgin.
But knowing that they re all due for oblivion,
I weep nostalgically this sorrowful
ballade to the forgotten poets.

And off in some far future epoch:
'What forgotten poet' I should like it to be asked
'has written such a beggarly
ballade to the forgotten poets?'

Submitted: Friday, September 17, 2010

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

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 (Ballade to the Forgotten Poets of the Ages by Kostas Karyotakis )

Enter the verification code :

  • Bronze Star - 6,820 Points * Sunprincess * (1/6/2014 12:29:00 AM)

    ....maybe some poets will be like Robert frost and not be forgotten...

    ~And off in some far future epoch:
    'What forgotten poet' I should like it to be asked
    'has written such a beggarly
    ballade to the forgotten poets? '~ (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Sonnet XVII, Pablo Neruda
  7. Cause And Effect, Charles Bukowski
  8. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  9. And because Love battles, Pablo Neruda
  10. I Remember, Anne Sexton

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Eliot, Your Modern Hollow Men, Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. The Return of The Romantic, Bijay Kant Dubey
  3. Point of Submission [Deictic Conclusions], Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  4. Gift, Frank Avon
  5. Longest Night, Nassy Fesharaki
  6. Loner, Michael Webb
  7. As One, Frank Avon
  8. ETC3, shuvo chakraborty
  9. SONNET II, Sir Toby Moses
  10. Tamil on decline, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
[Hata Bildir]