Poem of the Week: Ode by Arthur O' Shaughnessy

22 June 2012

Poetry can be translated to mean many different things; that is it's most endearing quality. A poem written by an author dead for two hundred years can reach out and strike a chord in your heart even you didn't know existed. When I post the weekly poem on Literary Lane, I often describe how it makes me feel. However, this Friday I'm going to take a different path. I want you to soak up this poem, without your opinion marred by any statement of mine. And then, if you feel so inclined, leave a comment with your thoughts. Poetry is meant to be an experience, and if I achieve but one thing by posting a poem each week, I hope it is inspiring a love for balladry in your soul.

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By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Have a beautiful day. :)

5 epistles:

  1. I love this. So beautifully simple. <3

  2. My goodness, this poem awoke something in me. It makes me feel inspired, enchanted, and all this in so few words! It lilts and the words take on a life of their own. I'm in love. :)

    In Christ,

  3. I have heard a couple of lines from this poem before (at least I think it is from this poem), but not the whole thing. I like it very much. In an abstract way, it encourages and inspires one to overcome the inclination to be "world-losers and world-forsakers," and instead be "movers and shakers." Thank you for sharing!


  4. This has always been my favourite Arthur O'Shaughnessy poem. There's a second verse to the poem, actually, that goes something like "With wonderous deathless ditties we built an empire's cities" (or something very similar). It's so lovely. It has actually been set to music, and was a song I sang in choir a few years ago.

  5. Such beautiful words! And somehow they echo my heart! They draw me up and out, they remind me that creativity is a glorious thing. Thanks for posting! :)


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