Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

A Valentine's Song - Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

MOTLEY I count the only wear
That suits, in this mixed world, the truly wise,
Who boldly smile upon despair
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Comments about A Valentine's Song by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • (2/12/2016 11:03:00 PM)

    ..............excellent write...and perfect for the season ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/12/2016 2:30:00 PM)

    Stevenson appears to be a man who prefers a lusty life of drinking, adventure, and laughter- - with some pirates thrown in for excitement- - and he has chosen the perfect phrase for his predilection- - - -
    - - - -Keep open, at the annual feast,
    The puppet-booth of fun.
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  • Ramesh T A (2/12/2016 1:15:00 PM)

    Love in February!

    Everyone is talking about love in February!
    February is the month of St. Valentine's Day,
    Which is celebrated in memory of that saint,
    Who sacrificed his life for the union of lovers!

    Every religion preaches about love for best life!
    Love is selfless act of empathy for others feeling
    Not an easy job to practise in real life in the world!
    So, lovers are warned against pitfalls in real life.

    When this is so, who can practise love in the world?
    One who is strong, brave, capable of standing on
    One's own leg only can practise love to support the
    Beloved through thick and thin in life till the end...!

    Other romantic loiterers can only send gifts, greetings
    And spend happy time in celebrating St. Valentine Day!
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  • (2/12/2016 1:04:00 PM)

    Whoever gave this effortlessly brilliant poem a six, deserves heavy starch. It is almost too convincing in its call to abandon. But the rhyming is astonishingly casual and fresh. Roll over, Stevenson, the novelist. And 'the puppet-booth of fun' is a bully refrain, indeed. Many might not catch the sub-text, here, I fear. (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2016 6:13:00 AM)

    The flow of this beautifully crafted story poem is superb. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2015 6:19:00 PM)

    You, restricted by your love of freedom, missed a fair bit of irreverence, John Richter.
    You got to 'Wert(h) ering', but did you laugh at that, and wonder why the brackets?
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  • (1/14/2015 8:29:00 AM)

    A good poem but too long to read (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2015 8:29:00 AM)

    A good poem but too long to read (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2015 7:01:00 AM)

    I'm not a fan. It's probably not Stevenson's fault, but my own. I have little patience to listen to a thousand words when looking at the picture will suffice. This poem fails to create that picture. This is long winded and boring - and it's entire purpose to fill a form. Not only that but Scottish dialects and other language barriers make this an actual painful read for me personally. I couldn't get past the third stanza. A lesson to all - form robs emotion. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2014 8:58:00 PM)

    .......this poem still leaves me astonished...I like these lines..
    ~I know how, day by weary day,
    Hope fades, love fades, a thousand pleasures fade.
    I have not trudged in vain that way
    On which life's daylight darkens, shade by shade.
    And still, with hopes decreasing, griefs increased,
    Still, with what wit I have shall I, for one,
    Keep open, at the annual feast,
    The puppet-booth of fun.~
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  • Malini Kadir (1/14/2014 1:26:00 PM)

    I like the depth and comparison drawn he mocks in his style and adheres to form........ (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Snyder (1/14/2014 3:17:00 AM)

    What a wonderfully written poem! Just beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2013 2:44:00 PM)

    one of his best poems
    love these lines
    ~Press freely up the road to truth,
    The King's highway of choice~
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  • (10/5/2012 7:27:00 PM)

    A pagan holiday, please stand back oh priest..impressive write and thank you Robert Louis Stevenson. :) (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2010 5:40:00 PM)

    All hail, you modern pagans who misconstrue the origins of a Christian holy day based on an ancient pagan festival, Lupercalia! Read closely and see how cleverly Stevenson mocks those who see through a scanner darkly!

    The speaker (persona that the poet invents for the purpose) introduces himself as a clown in motley and bells who celebrates the pagan beliefs and practices of the god Lupercus who protected ancient Rome from ravaging wolf packs. He advises that despite the ravages of time, we persist in observing such a holiday. Youth springs eternal in his understanding of the one day in the Christian calendar set aside for the unruly rites of erotic love! After all, it is the King's highway of choice!
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  • (1/14/2010 11:30:00 AM)

    Words have a real great context of flow. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/14/2010 7:28:00 AM)

    To be truthful to oneself is important, but not the only truth. One may be truthful to oneself and a liar to others. This is a heavy poem for a Valentine's celebration. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/14/2010 1:17:00 AM)

    What is the use of praying inside the door when hope has faded and love too has faded? Let us be truthful to ourself first because truth certainly triumphs! Indeed freedom is outside, even if it be rustic like or songs of unrefined nature and in that state only love can really be celebrated on Valentine's time! Truly love can cherish and flourish only in freedom of the world around all! (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2009 7:52:00 AM)

    ...Such beautiful language! I want to be able to write like him! ! (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2008 7:21:00 PM)

    this poem is so cool that is really all i can say! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! this poem go hard! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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