Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

Fable - Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel;
And the former called the latter "Little Prig."
Bun replied,
"You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together
To make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it's no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I'm not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry.
I'll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track;
Talents differ: all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut."

Comments about Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • (10/19/2016 2:41:00 AM)

    A flat, shallow and trivial poem
    Folks who are praising Emerson here probably haven't read great poems in English and other languages. I feel bad for such non-intellectual unfortunate individuals. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/4/2016 1:53:00 PM)

    Interesting Poem
    Insightful and wisely written...No comparison and no replacement either. (Report) Reply

  • Nel Omofolarin (8/2/2015 2:12:00 PM)

    Cleverly twinned lines.truly, talents differ...thanks for this pretty piece (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/2/2015 3:55:00 AM)

    Big or small, l talent of each counts in the over all whole of all! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/2/2015 1:43:00 AM)

    The dialogue between the mountain and the squirrel is quite interesting. It leads us to the fact that each and every object has a unique purpose. So, it is not worthwhile to assess an object as big or small, significant or worthless. (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2007 8:25:00 PM)

    here's the deal: emerson is the best poet and philosopher ever. if you think about it he's a bad ass. i like this poem for its symbolism adressing power. (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

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?

Read poems about / on: weather, together

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

[Report Error]