John Donne

(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

A Lame Beggar

Poem by John Donne

I am unable, yonder beggar cries,
To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies.

Form: Epigram


Comments about A Lame Beggar by John Donne

  • Douglas Scotney (7/21/2019 9:35:00 PM)

    I'm unable to lie, yonder batman cries.
    If he say true he stands, sits or flies.(Report)Reply

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  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (7/21/2019 12:55:00 PM)

    As true today as ever.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/21/2019 11:19:00 AM)

    Brevity in the most profound write in amazing and, thus, it is a well deserved classic poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (7/21/2019 10:43:00 AM)

    Just two lines portray a picture, that's why it's a poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (7/21/2019 7:32:00 AM)

    Just two lines, but they depict realities of life.
    O to say so much with such a few words!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/21/2019 4:38:00 AM)

    begging hands
    begging tears
    always live in lame mask!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/21/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    This poem is a brilliant expression of poetic heart through a lame beggar. Wisely put.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/21/2019 1:40:00 AM)

    A brilliant write by John Donne....(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/21/2019 1:29:00 AM)

    I am unable, yonder beggar cries,
    To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies.

    great write
    great wit
    great 10++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/21/2019 1:28:00 AM)

    The act! ! ! With the muse of lies!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (10/15/2014 7:56:00 AM)

    Though small, dangerous!(Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (10/15/2014 4:02:00 AM)

    If the beggar is unable to stand or walk, he has to lie. On the other hand, if he says what he expresses is true, it is a lie. Poet seems to tell us a story about a beggar, which seems dubious, I feel. What ever it may be, poem is a brilliant expression of a poetic heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (10/15/2014 3:05:00 AM)

    A lame is running a dumb is speaking and a blind is describing a picture....It's a true lies(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/21/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    The negativism of life makes the human being to do such begging like jobs to find out a living and here the poet says only few lines and though this is good.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/8/2013 9:09:00 PM)

    Even in today's society, you can't be sure if the lame beggar is telling the truth... so many people want to take advantage.. awesome poem :)(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (10/15/2013 6:15:00 PM)

    But would i lie
    If I sigh,
    'He also cries 'f...'
    More than 'luck'? '(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (10/15/2013 6:13:00 PM)

    But would I lie
    If I sigh,
    'He also cries 'f...'
    More than 'luck'? '(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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