Delmira Agustini

(24 October 1886 - 6 July 1914 / Montevideo / Uruguay)

I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown - Poem by Delmira Agustini

I live, I die, I burn, I drown
I endure at once chill and cold
Life is at once too soft and too hard
I have sore troubles mingled with joys

Suddenly I laugh and at the same time cry
And in pleasure many a grief endure
My happiness wanes and yet it lasts unchanged
All at once I dry up and grow green

Thus I suffer love's inconstancies
And when I think the pain is most intense
Without thinking, it is gone again.

Then when I feel my joys certain
And my hour of greatest delight arrived
I find my pain beginning all over once again.


Comments about I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown by Delmira Agustini

  • (3/6/2019 10:15:00 PM)

    bad poem very bad is very very poor poem and sucks (Report)Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (3/6/2019 8:28:00 PM)

    Contrasts of life experience, contrariety of emotions, feelings and understandings, under different circumstances have been so nicely described in this poem. Loved reading it. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/6/2019 2:09:00 PM)

    Once chill and cold! ! ! !
    But to hold on to the truth.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (3/6/2019 11:18:00 AM)

    Tinitious poem. Niche lively. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/6/2019 10:48:00 AM)

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  • (3/6/2019 9:11:00 AM)

    A true picture of contradictions in life with alternate incoming of joy and grief and taking the life in it's strides, being the only solution. A great life song. (Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (3/6/2019 8:09:00 AM)

    Then when I feel my joys certain And my hour of greatest delight arrived I find my pain beginning all over once again. Marvelous writing (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (3/6/2019 7:03:00 AM)

    ah, yes, the agonies of love. with elizabethan flavor this could have been a soliloquy of juliet in shakespeare's play. -gk (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/6/2019 12:45:00 AM)

    A moving poem by Delmira Agustini............................. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (3/6/2019 12:16:00 AM)

    I live, I die, I burn, I drown
    I endure at once chill and cold
    Life is at once too soft and too hard
    I have sore troubles mingled with joys.. the very first stanza attracted me. a very fine poem. tony
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  • (9/25/2018 9:37:00 AM)

    This was stolen from a french poet (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/27/2018 9:22:00 AM)

    This is life. Joy and sorrow, pain and happiness go hand in hand. You expect one and get the other. This makes life very interesting to live. Beautiful poem. Enjoyed.10++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Rajendran Muthiah (4/15/2012 6:16:00 PM)

    Happiness and grief, delight and pain, love's inconstancies the poet has experienced in life. Peace be to her soul
    and her dreaming upward looks.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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