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An Emerald Is As Green As Grass

Rating: 2.7

An emerald is as green as grass;
A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
A flint lies in the mud.
A diamond is a brilliant stone,
To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
But a flint holds fire.

merry 18 January 2020

This is such a simple yet powerful poem. It's useful for teaching similes. Also, the theme is an important one: The undervalued or 'ugly' thing may be the most powerful and useful, more so than the attractive ones. Value all things like in 'Fable' by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Lucas 03 October 2019

Hello, I am Lucas, IT WAS GOOD! LUCA

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Divyansh raj 22 March 2018

Very good poem

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Ella Macey 02 July 2013

I can't believe this has been rated so poorly.

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Paul Callahan 03 June 2018

I first heard it in grade school in the 70s, and I was also surprised. It may not be as well known today. I think it conveys the sensibilities of its time (Victorian era, industrial revolution) . It is a thought that an engineer like me might enjoy more than a poet. I was just looking up this reference, since I had forgotten the poet. Rossetti also wrote Goblin Market, a very different poem.

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