A Dream Of Good Poem by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

A Dream Of Good

Rating: 2.7

To do some little good before I die;
To wake some echoes to a loftier theme;
To spend my life's last store of industry
On thoughts less vain than Youth's discordant dream;
To endow the world's grief with some counter--scheme
Of logical hope which through all time should lighten
The burden of men's sorrow and redeem
Their faces' paleness from the tears that whiten;

To take my place in the world's brotherhood
As one prepared to suffer all its fate;
To do and be undone for sake of good,
And conquer rage by giving love for hate;
That were a noble dream, and so to cease,
Scorned by the proud but with the poor at peace.

Lantz Pierre 27 January 2017

I am reminded of an old common wisdom, if you aren’t a liberal when you’re young, you have no heart, but if you aren’t a middle-aged conservative, you have no head. This poem seems penned by a middle-aged conservative. The disparagement of youth in the fourth line coupled with the implied gathering of time and age that certain of the other phrases in the poem suggest make me think that the author had advanced in years when he wrote this. His sentiments are, for the most part, admirable. But they are not exactly generous. I think the tone is more the reckonings of an old man who sees the horizon approaching ahead than it is of one who feels the energy and hope of the generations following him who ultimately are the future. Not a bad poem by any means, just more judgemental than hopeful the way it reads to me.

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Bright Nkyi 27 January 2017

a master piece and well crafted

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Richard Wlodarski 27 January 2017

An inspiring piece of writing that makes us contemplate our lives.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 27 January 2017

Conquer rage by giving love for hate. Indeed, noble thoughts. Thanks for sharing it here.

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Edward Kofi Louis 27 January 2017

Suffer! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Bernard Snyder 26 March 2019

So sweet. Great poem. I was touched by the warmth of this phenominal write.

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Indira Renganathan 27 January 2017

Each line is admirable and appreciable..To take my place in the world's brotherhood..excellent work

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Bernard F. Asuncion 27 January 2017

Such a wonderful poem........ Thanks for sharing....

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Hebert Logerie Sr. 27 January 2017

And conquer rage by giving love for hate. I have some issues with that verse, maybe I don not thoroughly comprehend it. It takes a lot to conquer rage, I would, however, abandon hate for love. Hate is a detrimental instrument.

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Mountain Man 27 January 2017

A great poem here. Reading more of his work....

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