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    Your Favourite Poem & What It Means?

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    السلام عليكم

    What is your favourite poem? What makes it stand out?

    I like a number of poems. But the ones that have been favourites and have been so for a number of years are two. They evoke strong feelings and/or can be related to on a personal and wider society level.


    First From chapter: Al-Fitnah that will move like the waves of the sea, kitaab al-fitan, Saheeh al-Bukhaaree:


    وَقَالَ ابْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ عَنْ خَلَفِ بْنِ حَوْشَبٍ كَانُوا يَسْتَحِبُّونَ أَنْ يَتَمَثَّلُوا بِهَذِهِ الأَبْيَاتِ عِنْدَ الْفِتَنِ قَالَ امْرُؤُ الْقَيْسِ:

    الْحَرْبُ أَوَّلُ مَا تَكُونُ فَتِيَّةً ** تَسْعَى بِزِينَتِهَا لِكُلِّ جَهُولِ



    حَتَّى إِذَا اشْتَعَلَتْ وَشَبَّ ضِرَامُهَا ** وَلَّتْ عَجُوزًا غَيْرَ ذَاتِ حَلِيلِ



    شَمْطَاءَ يُنْكَرُ لَوْنُهَا وَتَغَيَّرَتْ ** مَكْرُوهَةً لِلشَّمِّ وَالتَّقْبِيلِ



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    "IF" by Rudyard Kipling

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


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    Re: Your Favourite Poem & What It Means?

    This is one of my favorite poems (I have many) from the American poet Edgar Lee Masters:

    “I have studied many times
    The marble which was chiseled for me—
    A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
    In truth it pictures not my destination
    But my life.
    For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
    Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
    Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
    Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.
    And now I know that we must lift the sail
    And catch the winds of destiny
    Wherever they drive the boat.
    To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
    But life without meaning is the torture
    Of restlessness and vague desire—
    It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.”

    Edgar Lee Masters

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    Re: Your Favourite Poem & What It Means?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silas View Post
    This is one of my favorite poems (I have many) from the American poet Edgar Lee Masters:

    “I have studied many times
    The marble which was chiseled for me—
    A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
    In truth it pictures not my destination
    But my life.
    For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
    Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
    Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
    Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.
    And now I know that we must lift the sail
    And catch the winds of destiny
    Wherever they drive the boat.
    To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
    But life without meaning is the torture
    Of restlessness and vague desire—
    It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.”

    Edgar Lee Masters

    An interesting commentary of this poem entitled 'George Gray' :

    "....George Gray lived a small life of safety and comfort. In avoiding risk, pain, and adventure, he also missed out on all the things that make life sweet and give it meaning. He whispers to us to not make the same mistake, to live life to its very fullest so that at its end, you may have no regrets as to the things you wish you had done and the man you wished you had become..."
    Your Favourite Poem & What It Means?

    “Your soul is just like your enemy; if it finds you serious, it will obey you. But if it finds you weak, it will take you as a prisoner.”


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