A Choice Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A Choice

Rating: 3.1

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!

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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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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MAHTAB BANGALEE 02 January 2023

Humanity's confessed disease! ~ awesome;

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Bharati Nayak 02 January 2023

It all depends upon the perception of the reader whether to like a poem or not.

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Bharati Nayak 02 January 2023

Poetry is an expression when a poet's heart speaks.It is not always directed at readers, but may be for oneself.It may encompass both political and apolitical, nature or human feelings or spiritual thoughts.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 18 December 2017

Such a good write by Paul Laurence Dunbar👍👍👍

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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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