Life's Tragedy

It may be misery not to sing at all,
And to go silent through the brimming day;
It may be misery never to be loved,
But deeper griefs than these beset the way.

by Paul Laurence Dunbar Click to read full poem

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This poem is my life right now, I am planning to preform this poem competitively for Alpha Phi Alpha!
I like this poem.
This is my favoruate poem.
So accurate it's scary.
This is a profound piece by a true poet.
Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem read it in such happiness and feeling that I am reading a poem for worth feeling in holistic mentality and here the poet perfectly concludes that we count our joys not by what we have But by what kept us from the perfect thing......It is marvelous thought and high standard poem and liked it.
To come close to having something or to have had it and lose it, is life’s tragedy. Paul Dunbar really understood the human’s mind.
To have come near to the perfect love, Not the hot passion of untempered youth, But that which lies aside its vanity, And gives, for thy trusting worship, truth. Im glad that this was the poem of the day, it was a great gift to find
Nice formal poem. The tragedy of which Mr. Dunbar speaks in this poem is half the story. The other half of the story is that we hope and strive to reach perfection, which gives our journey meaning and purpose. I wrote a poem about this titled An Attitude of Ending, which appears here on PoemHunter.
This is a master piece
This is a master piece
Beautiful poem, so touching and so true!
Excellent work...great balance.
I'm actually having trouble comprehending how outstanding this poem is! !
Though sullen but poetic
master piece of the month, for me and to me!
Let the poet take my pleasure and praise; his notes are high and logical. This poem, especially the first stanza, is a masterpiece of the month for me! ! !
Now this is lovely! ! ! !