Edwin Muir

(15 May 1887 – 3 January 1959 / Orkney / Scotland)

The Horses - Poem by Edwin Muir

Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep,
Late in the evening the strange horses came.
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Topic(s) of this poem: horse


Comments about The Horses by Edwin Muir

  • (8/14/2018 5:26:00 AM)


    I need 20 lines poem on animals but i am not getting one so u its bad and the person who is singing the poem that person is annoying so do something (Report) Reply

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  • (6/21/2018 3:46:00 AM)


    This is a truly memorable poem that encapsulates my personal feelings of connection with horses despite my inability to ride. Romantic? Perhaps. But deep feelings and connections sometimes do wear romantic garments and are not of less importance by doing so. (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2018 10:13:00 PM)


    Please add poetic devices also (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2018 3:47:00 AM)


    Yooo, this poem is as good as the sticky icky, finna bust a nutt over the screen. YEET. (Report) Reply

  • (3/5/2018 9:01:00 AM)


    Mujhe ek question ka answer chahiye How do the children pass their time on TV Plz answer me. (Report) Reply

    (8/13/2018 4:26:00 PM)

    We read this poem at school in lusaka in 1960, and I haven't found it in any of the poetry books I have, so I am delightrd to have tracked down! It still moves me, over 50 years on.

  • (11/13/2017 3:56:00 PM)


    this poem sucks hard body I gotta do dis for school #bored af (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2017 3:51:00 AM)

    Freda adams
    Let us hope President Trump reads this and thinks awhile! (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2017 3:49:00 AM)

    Fre
    Let us hope that President Trump reads this poem and thinks awhile! (Report) Reply

  • Anne Williams (3/27/2016 11:04:00 AM)


    Lovely writing - maybe Eden is childhood too? (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2015 8:32:00 AM)


    Wow Edwin is a wet man... He gets poon #420 (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (5/10/2014 6:07:00 PM)


    Well written poem Edwin (Report) Reply

  • (9/21/2012 9:35:00 AM)


    People in this poem are scared of their own breathing because this takes them back to the bare essentials of 'LIFE', how vulnerable life is, how alone individuals really are. Silence is often scary and particularly in our world which with all the noise and haste involved in a technological age is quite a rare thing and not sufficiently explored or valued.They cannot, and do not want to hear the radio's news again as it only announced bad news, and fearful news about violence and destructiveness... They also realise how destructive the technology they have created can be, and when they see the horses they feel guilty that they ever SOLD them to BUY TRACTORS. The tractors themselves are now experienced as frightening because they represent the dangers, the terrors of techological development also. They are 'couched and waiting' and they 'leave them to rust'. ~The HORSES are 'natural life', they represent natures power which is also scary, and the people at first fear their 'wildness' and do not appreciate that they can once again be of help to man, they can once again serve man. The poem ends with a sense of gratitude for the return of companionship and 'free servitude' of the horses, and how the human's lives can now have hope in them once again, and a new future.The moral of the story is: do not neglect nature. We are part of nature and we need to value her and seek relationship with her. She can offer healing and helpful and regenerating properties to us. We ignore and rape her at our peril. The natural world is essential to our survival and always will be...Do not become so obsessed with technological advances and kudos that you forget your enormous dependency and gratitude to Nature. Techo whiz kids/obsessives TAKE NOTE! ! .~ Dianne A. (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2012 9:49:00 PM)


    Guys, it's not about technology being our doom or how technology is basically evil and unreliable and that we should all go back to using horses. If anything technology is double sided sword; with great power comes great responsibility. This poem is about the aftermath of a post-apocalyptic event and how we possibly would need to fall back to more primitive times for specific reasons, such as no electricity. Go figure, who would of guessed that radios don't work without electricity? Maybe it's a misunderstanding of technology in our older generations that leads to the assumption that all technology is just plain garbage.

    Great poem by the way!
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  • (4/7/2010 5:13:00 AM)


    This is one of my favourite poems, James Grant put some music to it on his album 'I Shot the Albatross' Well worth a listen. I think the underlying message is that we, by our nature, do tend to ruin the world we live in, be that with our technology, our attitude or even apathy, In the poem we are waiting to hear something from the radios, it takes the intervention of the horses to show us the way and bring us into action. Perhaps the message could be that no matter what we do, nature will come through for us in the end, maybe then we realise what we had in our forefathers time. It is an optimistic point of view, perhaps the message is to change our ways before this happens. I don't believe all is lost, I just think we have to consider what we are doing more carefully, Muir knew this even then, perhaps we have not learned as yet. (Report) Reply

  • (11/20/2007 12:08:00 PM)


    The poem The Horses is one of the most descriptive and imagery poems i have read in a while. The horses symbolized the way of life that our grandfathers lived and then over the years we become more dependent on technology. It showes a how we have evolved from buggies and wagons to tractors and other machines. Even though we have left the horses behind and forgot about them they were there for us when the technology (machines let us down) . I also thought the part about the radios was really bold and discriptive part.
    'The radios failed; we turned the knobs; no answer.
    On the third day a warship passed us, heading north,
    Dead bodies piled on the deck. On the sixth day
    A plane plunged over us into the sea. Thereafter
    Nothing. The radios dumb;
    And still they stand in corners of our kitchens,
    And stand, perhaps, turned on, in a million rooms
    All over the world. But now if they should speak,
    If on a sudden they should speak again,
    If on the stroke of noon a voice should speak,
    We would not listen, we would not let it bring'
    After reading this part i had this image of 1984 and how they had to only listen to a certain person. When i was done reading the peom i had almost drew this whole sketch of what he was discribing and i love that about poems.
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  • (11/20/2007 12:05:00 PM)


    This poem showed me how dependent the world is on technology and if we even see something of Grandfathers time such as the horses, how much of a stranger they are to us. I wonder if we didnt have the advanced technology we have today if we wouldnt have so much problems. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2007 5:48:00 PM)


    I feel that this poem symbolizes how humanity progresses. Like the novel 1984, I think this poem can be seen as a warning to the past, present, and future. As we grow more reliant on technology, we start to care less about how things were done before technology existed and gradually forget altogether. While I was reading, I could picture the images Edwin Muir was describing and understand what feelings he was conveying throughout the poem. People usually only start to act after something tragic happens to them or when it's almost too late. In the poem, the people experienced the loss of their friends and family, and the destruction of the world as they knew it. It was only then that they realized how much they regretted trading their horses for tractors and believing that technology would make their lives easier. The horses symbolized a new beginning to the people who wanted nothing to do with technology anymore. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2007 5:23:00 PM)


    I really enjoyed this poem. I think the poet used creative words to describe the images he wished to portray. I like how Edwin Muir repeated words when describing how the radios were still kept in the kitchens of the speakers. Repetition helps make that message clear and memorable. Although a pessimistic view, I don't believe that the world would recreate itself for the better if destruction were to occur. Unfortunetely, our society relies just too much on technology to do without it. The notion of peace is enticing but not realistic. Even though this poem lacks any strict metre, I find that it 'flows' in a way that is quite enjoyable to read! : D
    ~ Catherine
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  • (11/19/2007 2:18:00 AM)


    This poem was written well with very exclusive description. I do not quite agree with the concepts that i feel are being conveyed in this poem, I feel that this poem only shows the negative aspects of the technology in the world today. However it also does a good job of showing the beauty of simplicity in life. Sometimes a simpler world would be a better world in certain aspects. Far less crime would occur, but also far less medical advancements and such would ever have been made. One thing i quite enjoyed about this poem was that i felt as though i was a part of it. i felt as though i was right in the middle of the thundering hooves; the details were very extravagant. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2007 2:02:00 AM)


    I enjoyed this poem because its like a warning of what is to become of the world. People nowadays are so heavily dependant on technology that they sometimes forget how much nicer things were before. As I read the poem, the picture I had imagined in my mind was dull and grey during the first part. As I read further, things seemed to brighten up as if the coulds were parting to allow the sun to shine through. I think that technology represents all evil in our lives and the horses are representative of purity and the way things used to be. I believe that people do need to get back to their roots to truly dicover who they are and who they want to become. The poem for me, was a real eye-opener on how dependant I am on technology and how liberating it might feel to live like my grand-parents or great-grandparents lived. (Report) Reply



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