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A Fable For Critics

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Phoebus, sitting one day in a laurel-tree's shade,
Was reminded of Daphne, of whom it was made,
For the god being one day too warm in his wooing,
She took to the tree to escape his pursuing;
Be the cause what it might, from his offers she shrunk,
And, Ginevra-like, shut herself up in a trunk;
And, though 'twas a step into which he had driven her,
He somehow or other had never forgiven her;
Her memory he nursed as a kind of a tonic,
Something bitter to chew when he'd play the Byronic,

And I can't count the obstinate nymphs that he brought over
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Mahtab Bangalee 12 November 2020

I trust that the mold which he used may be cracked, or he, Made bold by success, may enlarge his phylactery, And set up a kind of a man-manufacturer, - An event which I shudder to think about, seeing That Man is a moral, accountable being...........it's a very big poem; I have lost my patience to read full after a slight reading

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Paul Amrod 12 November 2020

James Russell Lowell's marvelous epic poem reveals a dedication to the illustrious New England Fireside Poets who formed to basis for the poetry of the Transcendental movement but established as well the torrential will of freedom in the souls within the vitality of my American literary tradition. Born in 1819 and lived to 1891 with a ravishing collection of epic poetry rarely to be compared.

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Khairul Ahsan 12 November 2020

Too long fo me! 10% of the length would also be a bit too long! However, loved these lines: 'And, for mercy's sake, how could one keep up a dialogue With a dull wooden thing that will live and will die a log, -' This must be a good poem. Otherwise, how could it be selected as the 'Poem of the Day'!

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Vanidia Ogega 12 November 2020

I love the use of classical proverbial sayings and allusions heavily borrowed from the Greek mythology. Each stanza brings out different thoughts and reasoning not only as -in- the poem but to the readers as well. This poem is long and often needs a sit-down to analyze each stanza and the average knowledge of Greek culture. Thus an expansion of knowledge and understanding gained from the wisdom in such poetry.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 12 November 2020

Lovlest. Ok ok i get the hint. Its lovely and long i got sick of the rhyming. I will never rhyme again....wink........great stuff...i was laughing all the way but Mrs Muwanigwa thinks i am going looney so i had to stop.....she can be quite woody sometimes

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