Culture and Poetry (Part 8)

In my last post I included a poem by Kipling.  This very famous poem is instructive in helping all of us live our lives so that we eventually find the meaning of life and happiness.

This is a powerful work deploring the son to listen to his father’s wisdom of what it takes to be a “Man.” Perhaps more accurately, it reflects the poet’s vision of the preparation needed for the journey of life, encouragement to accept risks in one’s vocation, the alertness and wisdom required to recognize the call once sent, and then the strength, courage, temperance (Casey at the Bat), and justice needed (Under the Greenwood Tree) for the trials to be won, the boon to be captured, and the return across the threshold to be successful (Written in March).

Perhaps the most moving lines, represented in all the work are: “If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;” and the following two lines: “If you can fill the unforgiving minute, With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,”  Perhaps nothing else need be said in preparation for life’s quest to find the meaning of life.

The great poems are great because they help us answer the ultimate question – What is the meaning of life?  I think that the last four poems are great examples of what each of us need to consider in our lives.  And this is just the beginning: not only is there much more great poetry, but there much more great art, music, and dance!

More to come in the New Year!

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