First name / Friend, it is Poetry Day again! Here at Arwani Law Firm we enjoy conversations about new and exciting topics that are flowing in our lives and that would benefit you, the reader. As stated before, The Victorian poet Matthew Arnold once claimed that “The crown of literature is poetry”. Lately, we at the firm discussed the fact that poetry has slowly declined in impact as time has gone by. But to us, it still feels like poetry and the boundaries of creativity and expression that it shatters, are just as important today as they were throughout human history. Here are 3 of the most famous poems of all time:
- I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud: The poem is written by William Wordsworth. It describes the speaker's experience of wandering through the countryside and coming across a field of daffodils. The sight of the flowers, dancing in the breeze, fills the speaker with a sense of joy and wonder. The memory of the scene stays with the speaker, providing a source of comfort and inspiration even when they are feeling lonely or down. The poem is an expression of the beauty and power of nature, and its ability to uplift and inspire the human spirit.
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: This is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798. The poem tells the story of an ancient mariner who stops a wedding guest from attending a ceremony by telling him the tale of his own fateful voyage. The mariner and his crew set sail on a ship, but they are becalmed in the Antarctic and killed by an albatross, which the mariner kills. The crew holds the mariner responsible and forces him to wear the bird's corpse around his neck as a curse. The ship and crew become stranded in the ice and all but the mariner die of starvation. Eventually, the mariner is released from his curse and makes it back home, but is forced to wander the earth and tell his tale as a penance for his actions. The poem is known for its supernatural elements and themes of guilt, punishment, and redemption.
- Paul Revere's Ride: "Paul Revere's Ride" is a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1861. The poem tells the story of Paul Revere, a patriot who rode through the Massachusetts countryside on the night of April 18, 1775, to warn the colonists that the British were coming. Revere's mission was to alert the local militia and the leaders of the American Revolution that the British were planning to march on Lexington and Concord. The poem describes Revere's journey and the sense of urgency he felt as he rode through the night, warning the people he encountered along the way. The poem also describes the historical context of the time and the growing tension between the colonies and Great Britain. Overall, the poem is a celebration of Paul Revere's heroism and the spirit of the American Revolution.
We hope you get the chance to read this poems and spark that love for poetry that our society so desperately needs. As always, stay safe.
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