Despair Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Rating: 3.1

I have experienc'd
The worst, the World can wreak on me--the worst
That can make Life indifferent, yet disturb
With whisper'd Discontents the dying prayer--
I have beheld the whole of all, wherein
My Heart had any interest in this Life,
To be disrent and torn from off my Hopes
That nothing now is left. Why then live on ?
That Hostage, which the world had in it's keeping
Given by me as a Pledge that I would live--
That Hope of Her, say rather, that pure Faith
In her fix'd Love, which held me to keep truce
With the Tyranny of Life--is gone ah ! whither ?
What boots it to reply ? 'tis gone ! and now
Well may I break this Pact, this League of Blood
That ties me to myself--and break I shall !

Deluke Muwanigwa 09 November 2020

Excellent expression of despair. When life becomes loveless you think of lifelessness

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Ramesh T A 09 November 2020

most dejected out burst of words are indeed most touching the heart! Only Poet Coleridge can effect such emotion in words to readers like me! Thanks for sharing this here!

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Luis Estable 09 November 2020

Yes, there is much despair in this as the title indicates. The last few lines contain a series of questioning which makes the situation even more painful.

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Chinedu Dike 28 June 2022

A poignant rendition from the heart

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Michael Jack 26 August 2021

SO sad and I feel for you.

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Mahtab Bangalee 09 November 2020

and now Well may I break this Pact, this League of BIood That ties me to myself- and break I shall! /// war for the peace never bring peace except the league of bIood shedding; peace can bring the peace, bIood can bring the bIood; so for this world need peace cause of human as social being; in unity need peace to live together.......great poem penned to express poet's despair on the tumult conditions of the world.

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