Fable Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Rating: 2.9

The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel;
And the former called the latter "Little Prig."
Bun replied,
"You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together
To make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it's no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I'm not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry.
I'll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track;
Talents differ: all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut."

Rajnish Manga 02 August 2015

The dialogue between the mountain and the squirrel is quite interesting. It leads us to the fact that each and every object has a unique purpose. So, it is not worthwhile to assess an object as big or small, significant or worthless.

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R Ray 19 October 2016

Folks who are praising Emerson here probably haven't read great poems in English and other languages. I feel bad for such non-intellectual unfortunate individuals.

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Nel Omofolarin 02 August 2015

Cleverly twinned lines.truly, talents differ...thanks for this pretty piece

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Ramesh T A 02 August 2015

Big or small, l talent of each counts in the over all whole of all!

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M Asim Nehal 04 October 2016

Insightful and wisely written...No comparison and no replacement either.

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javid 18 July 2018

nice poem

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Tathunder 03 May 2018

That is a good one

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P. Deb 26 February 2018

Nice poem i like this poem

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Kumar Sarbajeet Samanta 17 November 2017

Very nice poem i like this poem everybody read this poem.

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