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,
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  • (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 Louis (1/29/2019 11:34:00 AM)

    Saw the scorn! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Drtony 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
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  • Adrian 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, '
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  • Mahtab 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.......////
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/29/2019 1:06:00 AM)

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

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  • (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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  • (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 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

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

    so a beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (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!
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  • (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 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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  • (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!
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    (4/28/2018 12:00:00 PM)

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

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  • (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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  • Kevin Straw (12/30/2009 6:00:00 AM)

    Dervishes are religious men vowed to extreme poverty. Why are they “hypocritic”? Where would they get diadems from? There is a contradiction between the days like dervishes and the pomp in the first line of the second verse. If the days are like dervishes, why do they change their sex in the last line? Can anyone tell me whatEmerson means by “fillet”? I have looked up its meanings and find nothing that fits. (Report)Reply

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