Alfred Lord Tennyson

(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

Politics - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

We move, the wheel must always move,
Nor always on the plain,
And if we move to such a goal
As wisdom hopes to gain,
Then you that drive, and know your Craft.
Will firmly hold the rein,
Nor lend an ear to random cried,
Or you may drive in vain,
For some cry ‘Quick’ and some cry ‘Slow’
But, while the hills remain,
Up hill ‘Too-slow’ will need the whip,
Down hill ‘Too-quick’ the chain.

Comments about Politics by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • (9/28/2016 10:47:00 PM)

    Up-hill too-slow will need the whip,
    Down hill too quick the chain.
    Thanks for sharing this brilliant write here.
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  • (9/28/2016 5:17:00 PM)

    He places too much trust in the politicians. It isn't only random cries that are the problem, but secret special interests. Though he's right enough that pandering to newspaper hoo-haa plays too big a role. Things haven't changed much since his time. (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/28/2016 4:15:00 PM)

    Great poetry.....master pen. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (9/28/2016 8:43:00 AM)

    Someone needs to pull the chain and apply the brakes on the Trump train. LOL (Report) Reply

  • Neal Beightol (9/28/2016 8:40:00 AM)

    Timely and incisive. Unfortunately, politicians are often so busy straining to hear the random cries that they do not know [their] craft and firmly hold the rein as they ought. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/28/2016 4:27:00 AM)

    Politics by Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Wow! What a beautiful write; By craft, it is a poem. By meaning it is a voluminous book. A masterpiece indeed. X (Report) Reply

  • Gary Liles (9/28/2016 3:11:00 AM)

    Cleverly written, not a word wasted. ☺😊😀 (Report) Reply

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  • Deepali Sood (9/28/2016 1:01:00 AM)

    What a deep and positive thinking. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/28/2016 12:51:00 AM)

    Know your craft! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010

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