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Rating: 2.7
In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt--a wind to freeze;
Sad patience--joyous energies;
Humility--yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity--reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel--Art.
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Lantz Pierre 01 September 2017
I love Melville. That said, I find this to be kind of a dull list poem. Yes, he's gathered all the right material for his discourse and laid them out with a well-measured eye towards meter and rhyme, but the whole lacks depth and real emotion. The material hasn't been transformed, and isn't transformative. Not for me at least. If you've been in the maelstrom, spent time wrestling with the softly ineluctable trying to make it conform by force of will to a new compositional beauty, then this poem only scratches the surface. Which I grant you, is a sort of new mark, but does it clarify? Or obscure? It's like a list of the attributes of a behemoth, albino marine mammal. Impressive, sure, but not really the threatening shadow let alone the flesh of the monster under the waves transformed into something we cannot rid ourselves of. Cannot be free of. Not until we join with it as it takes us to the unknown depths from which we cannot return. This poem's a bit of a toss off. Good thing Melville also wrote °Moby Dick°.
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Glen Kappy 01 September 2017
i had never read a poem (that i can remember) by melville. but this one is cool! and having just wrestled in the last two days on whether to sit down and wrestle with putting an idea into a poem, i definitely relate. -gk
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Edward Kofi Louis 01 September 2017
Art! Better with humility. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Mcgeorge Jeremiah 01 September 2017
This is so inspiring
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Mcgeorge Jeremiah 01 September 2017
This is so inspiring...
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 01 September 2017
What unlike things must meet and mate: A flame to melt- a wind to freeze; Sad patience- joyous energies; Humility- yet pride and scorn; Instinct and study; love and hate; Audacity- reverence. A beautiful piece of work. Thanks for the sharing of this lovely poem.
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Mcgeorge Jeremiah 01 September 2017
So nice Chakra
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Sixtus Unfailingdreams Osim 01 September 2017
Such a lofty and lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 01 September 2017
A gorgeous poem with its fullest arts. Thanks and congratulations to his soul for being selected as the poem of the day.
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Rajnish Manga 01 September 2017
Amazing description about how an exquisite piece of art into existence and about what ingredients go into it. Thanks a lot. This is a favourite now.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 01 September 2017
Such a great poem posted here??????
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