James Joyce

(2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941 / Dublin / Ireland)

Be Not Sad

Poem by James Joyce

Be not sad because all men
Prefer a lying clamour before you:
Sweetheart, be at peace again -- -
Can they dishonour you?

They are sadder than all tears;
Their lives ascend as a continual sigh.
Proudly answer to their tears:
As they deny, deny.


Comments about Be Not Sad by James Joyce

  • Luis Estable (7/8/2020 11:54:00 PM)

    This poem gave me some difficulty. I could not see what is the real situation here. Why the advice about not being sad.(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (7/8/2020 9:31:00 PM)

    A short poem with lasting impact. 'Be not sad'.(Report)Reply

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  • Richard Antwi (7/8/2020 12:58:00 PM)

    Be not sad..........love it!(Report)Reply

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  • Mehta Hasmukh AmathalalMehta Hasmukh Amathalal (7/8/2020 9:51:00 AM)

    so nice poem.. i loved it...My sweetheart
    Wednesday,8th July 2020


    they themselves may cut a sorry figure
    not immediately but later
    with full grief at the heart
    and feel shame in the deep heart chamber

    Hasmukh Mehta(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/8/2020 9:27:00 AM)

    An inspirational and motivational poem advocating positive attitude. Deserving classic poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/8/2020 9:14:00 AM)

    A classic write indeed. Enjoyed very much.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/8/2020 6:09:00 AM)

    Yeah
    Be not sad
    before the clamor of tears

    Be not sad
    before the clapping of lost

    be not sad
    before the edge of life

    HAPPINESS
    smiling far aside
    just need time(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/8/2020 1:16:00 AM)

    Wipe your tears! !

    " Be at peace once again" .




    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/24/2019 4:02:00 AM)

    Be not sad because all men
    Prefer a lying clamour before you:
    Sweetheart, be at peace again - -
    Can they dishonour you?


    be not sad
    be not negative
    be not noxious minded
    be not proxy head

    great
    be great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++x10(Report)Reply

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  • ammar (4/22/2019 2:36:00 PM)

    nice poem great work #umairmgl #Zauqeshayari https: //bit.ly/2KWox9X(Report)Reply

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  • Bhagabat Prasad HottaBhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/11/2018 9:59:00 PM)

    Nice poem. ......Best of luck...........(Report)Reply

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  • ORION (8/29/2018 11:13:00 AM)

    dats a very wonderful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Devon Colvin (11/17/2017 12:46:00 PM)

    So stupid so boring it's nothing(Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/22/2017 9:41:00 AM)

    Reading again & again. Just beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Francie LynchFrancie Lynch (4/19/2015 7:36:00 AM)

    I never thought Joyce to be much of a poet.(Report)Reply

    Devon Colvin(11/17/2017 1:31:00 PM)

    Me no too it was so boring

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  • Leslie Philibert (4/19/2015 5:03:00 AM)

    Bit surprised that JJ produced such a weak poem. Must be early work, juvenilia.(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (4/19/2015 1:59:00 AM)

    This try comes in the form of advice with a powerful ending. I liked the development of this piece from beginning to end.

    I think the poet did well here.

    Luis Estable(Report)Reply

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  • Stephen W (7/27/2014 11:16:00 AM)

    Dunno what the true meaning is, though.(Report)Reply

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  • Ruby Root (7/10/2006 9:15:00 PM)

    I think these are strong word, and very true. It is very sad. I can relate to
    this poem. Excellent poetry, with true meaning.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003