Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882 / Boston / United States)

Fate - Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Deep in the man sits fast his fate
To mould his fortunes, mean or great:
Unknown to Cromwell as to me
Was Cromwell's measure or degree;
Unknown to him as to his horse,
If he than his groom be better or worse.
He works, plots, fights, in rude affairs,
With squires, lords, kings, his craft compares,
Till late he learned, through doubt and fear,
Broad England harbored not his peer:
Obeying time, the last to own
The Genius from its cloudy throne.
For the prevision is allied
Unto the thing so signified;
Or say, the foresight that awaits
Is the same Genius that creates.

Comments about Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Ruta Mohapatra (3/17/2018 2:38:00 PM)

    ' Deep in the man sits fast his fate'...........True! (Report) Reply

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  • (2/7/2018 9:32:00 PM)

    Prabhata naik (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (6/6/2016 8:48:00 PM)

    A wonderful piece of writing. Liked it immensely. (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2016 9:53:00 AM)

    A unique idea of fate which combines with the hard work and statesmanship with military skills of a genius. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/6/2016 6:54:00 AM)

    Unto the thing so signified! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (6/6/2016 3:01:00 AM)

    Awesome and inspiring. Thanks for sharing it. (Report) Reply

  • B.m. Biswas (6/6/2016 12:21:00 AM)

    Classic.....fate is fate.... (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2015 8:04:00 PM)

    ........very nice....with a wonderful theme ★ (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (4/29/2014 4:33:00 PM)

    Fate and destiny can not be ignored. A good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/29/2014 1:22:00 PM)

    a poem of fate and destiny. So meaningul (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (4/29/2014 10:45:00 AM)

    This poem spawns philosophical debate, and for me therein lies its merit. As a composition, though, I'm not a huge fan of this one. (Report) Reply

  • Xelam Kan™ (4/29/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    there is no such things called Fate and destiny,
    the world or life(of any form) is reigned by CHANCE only...
    a physical phenomenon of mysterious nature...
    just close your eyes and get into the matrix.
    (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (4/29/2014 6:13:00 AM)

    I don't understand how one can believe in fate, destiny, luck, serendipity and all other ways of rationalizing the chaos of events. Defining something with the undefineable is a circular argument. Each hour defines itself. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (4/29/2014 5:26:00 AM)

    I agree 100% with what Sana Hernandez wrote about the distinction between fate and destiny. We are of the same mind on this issue, and in fact use the same words to articulate our point of view. The key factor involves the unchanging and unchangeable nature of fate. With regard to this force in the universe human beings can only bend their wills; nothing can be gained by kicking and screaming against fate. Othello realizes this in the fifth when he finally says, Who can control his fate? Destiny, in contrast, reflects the individual's personality and is malleable. It is the arena of our freedom, the space and time in which we make our personal mark on both. Sana, I'm happy to find someone who shares this clarity of vision with me. (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2013 3:11:00 PM)

    this is a great poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2013 10:05:00 AM)

    Even our degree and cadre in life- the fate is obscure like the morrow that no one can peep through. Good work poet Ralph (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (4/29/2013 6:57:00 AM)

    as to fate or a choice.
    Choice shows fear,
    where fate,
    has eyes that look out
    from the soul.
    has no peer from
    shore to shore........iip
    (Report) Reply

  • Sana Ghostana (4/29/2013 3:03:00 AM)

    Fate and Destiny are different. They just lead to the same place. I think that Fate never changes, it is the road you were born on, the beginning. It will stay the same, for a long time you will go in the same direction, Destiny on the other hand, does change, with you. It makes you decide, it lets you see either the Stop. Slow Down, or Go signs in life by giving you unconscious signs while you're on the road of Fate. The opportune moment is when Destiny is waiting at the end of the road, and fate has led you to a fork in the road, the opportunity depends on which side you take. Good or Bad. (It always comes down to that.) Saint or Sinner? The Finale (Fate) depends on the decisions (Destiny.)
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2012 2:30:00 AM)

    very interesting to read, reflection of the past. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (4/29/2011 11:39:00 PM)

    Flaunt by the poem...Well Arranged with handful and beautiful :) :) ...If fate is a cloth, destiny will be a bundle of thread while the texture and the way of the cloth fabricated always depend how the owner make it final...we have choice to make different we have right to do what we want as long as we try to make something better, as destiny is fine to make a comfortable fate to wear...Still the final fate hold by God, but He let us try first to choose what we want to have...Then the final end will come and sealed as final fate and sometimes fate is so unavoidable.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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