John McCrae

(30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918 / Guelph, Ontario)

Anarchy - Poem by John McCrae

I saw a city filled with lust and shame,
Where men, like wolves, slunk through the grim half-light;
And sudden, in the midst of it, there came
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/27/2017 9:42:00 PM)

    It is a heart felt poem on lust and shame having deep diction. Let me quote... And speaking, fell before that brutish race
    Like some poor wren that shrieking eagles tear,
    While brute Dishonour, with her bloodless face. Thanks
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  • (3/27/2017 11:47:00 AM)

    A biblical poem from the dawn of the 20th century, there is a lot of Victorian rhetoric in this that reminds me of the age it comes from. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/27/2017 3:41:00 AM)

    a poetic message that is always going to be relevant to mankind? who will never listen whilst diamonds and gold glisten! .........well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/27/2017 2:18:00 AM)

    A thousand leagues of sea.... thanks for posting... (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (3/27/2017 1:36:00 AM)

    A great philosophical poem with a profound message for the mankind who should not go by its vanity to fulfill its selfish objectives as reflected in these words- 'Our own king are we'. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/27/2017 12:51:00 AM)

    Lust and shame! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (12/11/2014 10:05:00 AM)

    John congratulations on your poem being named poem of the day. It is a very powerful piece. Beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • Sagnik Chakraborty (12/11/2014 5:14:00 AM)

    Beautiful poetic portrayal of a society void of justice, where big fish feed off small fish ('Matsyanyay' in Sanskrit) , and its ultimate road to perdition! I loved the brevity of expression! (Report) Reply

  • David L. Hatton (12/11/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    A superb example of how poetry succinctly captures a primal truth: that the fitting dissolution of ungovernable free-will creatures is wrought by nature's obedience to the corrective will of the sovereign and just Law-Giver. Never better said! (Report) Reply

  • (12/11/2013 3:03:00 PM)

    You describe the world during Noah's day before the worldwide flood. You have also described much of today's contemporary society. You also described both God's reaction, but also His redemption, (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2013 9:04:00 PM)

    Such a great poem. I love how it describe's God's reaction. The poet is truly talented in his works. (Report) Reply

  • Dimu Eric Olowoparija (12/12/2012 12:09:00 AM)

    Like the title suggests its real anarchy. And a case of over reaction on both sides.still its a good poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/11/2012 4:29:00 PM)

    Excellent, truly explicit and direct! (Report) Reply

  • Zine Hadjira (12/11/2012 2:39:00 PM)

    Speak not of God! In centuries that word
    Hath not been uttered! Our own king are we.


    I like this om very much
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  • Ronald Shields (12/11/2012 2:36:00 PM)

    typical god...always overreacting (Report) Reply

  • Walani Ndhlovu (12/11/2012 12:44:00 PM)

    what a nice picture is created in my eye as i read this poem (Report) Reply

  • Sarrah Ibrahim (12/11/2012 9:52:00 AM)

    By far one of my fav poems in here! ! Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • (12/11/2011 1:48:00 AM)

    The poet deeply touches the cry of this modern era in which man finds himself as everything! Godless, fearless, valueless moribund world in which man finds himself supreme but the truth is, he is leading anarchic life! The poet has used wise imagery and it is highly educative. (Report) Reply

  • (12/11/2009 9:23:00 AM)

    Poem shows that GOD runs the show here on earth - the stage. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (12/11/2009 7:33:00 AM)

    This is Christianity gone mad. No city is 'filled' with lust and shame. The flood was the story of an act of vengeance by a maniac God no one now believes in. This is the unacceptable face of religion. (Report) Reply

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