The Wise Poem by Countee Cullen

The Wise

Rating: 3.6


Dead men are wisest, for they know
How far the roots of flowers go,
How long a seed must rot to grow.

Dead men alone bear frost and rain
On throbless heart and heatless brain,
And feel no stir of joy or pain.

Dead men alone are satiate;
They sleep and dream and have no weight,
To curb their rest, of love or hate.

Strange, men should flee their company,
Or think me strange who long to be
Wrapped in their cool immunity.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Marcus Long 14 April 2009

Countee Cullen is envious of the dead. Cullen dealt with pain of losing love ones at an early age. Dead man are the wisest because the dead is immune to human emotions that Cullen felt.

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Savita Tyagi 02 March 2013

Seems to me poet doesn't believe that one can learn the art of bearing pain and pleasure or life's dualities while alive as to think that only dead can understand this and be wise.

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Hardik Vaidya 02 March 2013

This poem has more wisdom condensed in it than the Mahabharata.

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Ramesh Rai 02 March 2014

For the dead person I have nothing to comment except to pray - 'May his/her soul rest in peace'.

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Kevin Patrick 02 March 2013

The one thing we dread, is the one thing that is inevitable, accept it, and you know peace.

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Dr Antony Theodore 06 October 2020

Strange, men should flee their company, Or think me strange who long to be Wrapped in their cool immunity. a very fine poem. tony

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Bryan Gerard Briggs 31 October 2019

To follow in the footsteps of these great men that would be a great & gallant gesture.

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Adeeb Alfateh 01 August 2019

Strange, men should flee their company, Or think me strange who long to be Wrapped in their cool immunity. great expressive 10+++++

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PRIYANSHU SAHU 19 November 2015

Nice poem

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PRIYANSHU SAHU 19 November 2015

Nice poem

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