A Choice Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A Choice

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They please me not-- these solemn songs
That hint of sermons covered up.
'T is true the world should heed its wrongs,
But in a poem let me sup,
Not simples brewed to cure or ease
Humanity's confessed disease,
But the spirit-wine of a singing line,
Or a dew-drop in a honey cup!

Stephen W 21 January 2014

I think poetry should be seen as a mode of expression, rather than an agenda. So it should allow all agendas: -)

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Joseph Pedulla 18 December 2017

No! It should allow NO agendas! When a poem is loaded down with an agenda, it becomes propaganda. Poetry is an articulation of what is, not an articulation of WHAT WE SHOULD DO. Its purpose is to show, to illuminate, not to coax or direct us to action or moral improvement.

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* Sunprincess * 09 November 2013

when the world causes pain... poetry is their to soothe it...

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Joseph Pedulla 18 December 2017

No. Poetry is not there to soothe pain; it is there to show the exact nature of pain. A poem does not fix problems; it shows problems. Its goal is an awakening of the understanding, of the mind's perception of truth. We don't watch King Lear to help geriatrics; we watch it to understand old age.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 18 December 2017

Such a good write by Paul Laurence Dunbar??????

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Edward Kofi Louis 18 December 2017

To cure or ease! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Kayode Are 18 December 2017

The choice- be and let be- well expressed.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 18 December 2017

Tossed between propriety and the fitness of things there is a choice........well master craft by master poet........ thanks for sharing

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Susan Williams 19 December 2015

I dislike politically based poetry- especially concerning a past I have no knowledge of. But there are followers of this kind. In the end, viva la difference

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Joseph Pedulla 18 December 2017

Your instincts are right. Poetry that tells us what to do is inferior poetry. It is the purpose of poetry to show problems, not to instruct us in what is moral or try to fix problems. That there are followers of this kind of poetry does not absolve them from wrongheadedness. They are not just different; they are wrong.

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