A Lame Beggar Poem by John Donne

A Lame Beggar

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

Adrian Currier 15 October 2009

I totally don't get it

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Jayatissa K. Liyanage 15 October 2014

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.

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* Sunprincess * 08 November 2013

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 :)

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Ramesh T A 15 October 2011

Yes, indeed a lame beggar cannot stand and move walking as all do but only lie and crawl like a child ever in life! It's a common sight in the street one can witness everyday in my town too!

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Ali Chukwuemeka 15 October 2012

The poem is short but heavily laden with heden meaning.

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Chinedu Dike 12 March 2022

Concise and insightful verse

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Douglas Scotney 21 July 2019

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

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Ratnakar Mandlik 21 July 2019

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

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Khairul Ahsan 21 July 2019

Just two lines portray a picture, that's why it's a poem.

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Aniruddha Pathak 21 July 2019

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

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John Donne

John Donne

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