Alexander Pope

(21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744 / London / England)

Ode On Solitude

Poem by Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.

Whose heards with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest! who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please,
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me dye;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lye.

Form: Sapphic


Comments about Ode On Solitude by Alexander Pope

  • Pallab ChaudhuryPallab Chaudhury (6/17/2020 7:25:00 AM)

    Fabulous and ever-green!
    One of the most inspiring poems...(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/25/2020 4:54:00 AM)

    Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
    Thus unlamented let me dye;
    Steal from the world, and not a stone
    Tell where I lye........// beautiful solitude feelings// greatly written(Report)Reply

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  • Megha (1/30/2019 10:07:00 PM)

    Fabulous(Report)Reply

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  • alexander bistley (6/4/2018 1:49:00 AM)

    What i wantttt summary not poem dicto at all(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin Frobisher (5/22/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    I feel suicidal now 😢(Report)Reply

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  • Rabindra Kar (2/13/2018 3:52:00 AM)

    Really impressive and plunging me in an unseen world(Report)Reply

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  • Sumit kumar (12/14/2017 9:16:00 PM)

    9504282464(Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi BanerjeeMadhabi Banerjee (11/6/2017 12:25:00 PM)

    very nice. great, excelleent. i like it(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/14/2017 10:50:00 AM)

    ...sweet recreation.

    Good poem.

    Sylva.(Report)Reply

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  • James CorroJames Corro (5/26/2016 6:56:00 PM)

    A great poem about what should we desire in this life.(Report)Reply

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  • Lisa Kern (5/10/2016 5:12:00 PM)

    It's wonderful writing and it speaks so much to me.(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Davies (3/9/2016 6:36:00 PM)

    The Pastoral genre dates back to the Greeks, and no doubt beyond.(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Davies (3/9/2016 6:33:00 PM)

    Ideals as innocent as these expressed by Alexander Pope''s 'Ode On Solitude' are made complex for me by their antithesis, as expressed in the greater body of his worldly satire. I love the poem, just as I love watching 'Escape to the Country' from the comforts of my city home: long may the Pastoral genre continue to be.(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Davies (3/9/2016 6:26:00 PM)

    Such ideals, so fluently expressed by Alexander Pope, are so much the antithesis of his worldly satire as to appear hollow. I love this poem, just as I adore watching 'Escape to the Country' from the comfort of my city home.
    Long live the pastoral genre.(Report)Reply

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  • Liad Hani (1/28/2016 11:55:00 AM)

    nice one i like it..(Report)Reply

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  • Aabid MasroorAabid Masroor (1/24/2016 7:22:00 AM)

    Nice poem i like it, nicly carved.thank you for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Manonton Dalan (12/13/2015 1:36:00 PM)

    lovely poem I like it.......(Report)Reply

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  • Mithusan Srithan (12/7/2015 11:34:00 AM)

    brilliant poem is a ok for year 5 kids(Report)Reply

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  • Mariyam ReyshmaMariyam Reyshma (12/7/2015 3:34:00 AM)

    I feel that I was the one who is here. Nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Sachinthana Amarasena (10/1/2015 2:35:00 AM)

    this poem jus pictures my self..(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002