Patriotism 1. Innominatus

BREATHES there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
   'This is my own, my native land!'
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
   From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.

by Sir Walter Scott

Comments (6)

James Joyce a great novelist consciousness of flow is great value in his work- Autobiography of young man and Ullysis - freedom is in his blood, onomatopoeic words usage..sound base composition
This is not only a poem but also a great work of freedom of thought in which james joyce stood for individual freedom always makes his opinion against war the real war that destructs the humanlife.
A great poem. The whole world has been under jackboots leaving behind 'sorrows and tears' (a la Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the great Nigerian musician)
War a ugly thing being it is of the earthly or of the soul. Hatred core of all evil.
Incredibly powerful poem-it clangs upon the heart.
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