Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

Days

Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
And marching single in an endless file,
Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.
To each they offer gifts after his will,
Bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all.

I, in my pleached garden, watched the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.


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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/29/2019 4:55:00 AM)

    Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes. What a conceptualization?(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/29/2019 11:09:00 PM)

    A profound and great poem describing some sour facts about life and living of human beings with their shortcomings.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/29/2019 11:34:00 AM)

    Saw the scorn! !

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

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (1/29/2019 6:57:00 AM)

    Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
    And marching single in an endless file,
    Bring diadems and in their hands. a very fine poem.. indeed. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (1/29/2019 3:57:00 AM)

    Time, the thief, is endless and pitiless as it marches ever on.
    'And marching single in an endless file, '(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/29/2019 3:01:00 AM)

    wonderful the poem is; great writing-
    the Day
    Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
    Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn
    //
    time
    the endless chaotic as well as silent path
    I, the wanderer, wonderful duet in concerned and foolishness
    got all, come with all
    but at this bank of life I feel something is missing.......////(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (1/29/2019 1:06:00 AM)

    A wonderful inspiring poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson.....10+++++(Report)Reply

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  • Landon Sivertsen (3/21/2018 2:20:00 AM)

    This poem seems to say that many of us should be searching for spiritual and peace of mind goals(Report)Reply

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  • Miriam (12/18/2017 10:37:00 AM)

    Can anyone tell me who is the speaker, listener and the situation in this poem? =/(Report)Reply

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  • Robert PleseRobert Plese (12/30/2014 6:45:00 AM)

    Hold's a religious tone, and one that suggests Emerson is exhausted by the practice of the mundane walk of the commoners life. For me the 'fillet' portion suggests that he is stripped raw to see before him the obvious pointlessness of it all.(Report)Reply

    Richie(7/18/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    Fillet here means a band or ribbon worn around the head, especially for binding the hair. So it's actually referring to her diadem, not anything do do with meat.

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  • Leeza BirdLeeza Bird (12/30/2013 9:32:00 PM)

    so a beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (12/30/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    dear poet when day offers you everything including the world, instead of just
    taking herbs and apples, you should have reached for the stars!(Report)Reply

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  • John Doe (1/24/2012 9:21:00 AM)

    I find that the givin author speaks in riddles of which i can not understand, when attempting to find one who can decipher this poem i am greeted by another bombardment of large and old timey words.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (12/30/2011 1:42:00 AM)

    I maybe think the fillet he is refering to is a band that is tied around the forehead and bound around the hair?(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Pruchnicki (12/30/2009 8:23:00 AM)

    Get the images of Emerson's 'Days' clear before launching off in some convoluted scheme based on misunderstanding the connotation and denotation of the words in the poem! Read closely and you will comprehend, I think! The daughters of Time who spin their hours are LIKE barefoot dervishes - note the simile - which is a Moslem religious order whose members practice whirling so as to induce a hypnotic state (though male, they wear skirts and conical hats) . Recall Coleridge's poem 'Kubla Khan' which should come to mind as you read 'Days' - that's what connote means, lads! Check out 'hypocycloid, ' which is exactly what dervishes do in geometrical terms - they roll around the inner circumference of another circle endlessly (it seems!) The last line refers to the headbands the daughters wear - each her own solemn fillet bound around her head! Diadems refer to the royal gifts each brings.

    The speaker laments that he filches a few herbs and apples and thereby earns the scorn of departing Day! All those riches offered - from bread to the stars and sky he has ignored. 'Could I revive within me /her symphony and song' Coleridge's speaker in 'Kubla Khan' agrres!(Report)Reply

    Maliha Khan(4/28/2018 12:00:00 PM)

    can you plz further explain this? i am still not clear

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  • Joseph Poewhit (12/30/2009 6:45:00 AM)

    I could picture him in that garden with apples and herbs. Much more quiet time.[Dervishes - a new word-thanks Kevin for the Def. ](Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003