The following are poems and references to poetry that I have come across over time and impacted on my thinking on life:

– A. E. Houseman, “A Shropshire Lad”
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”

A. E. Houseman, “With Rue My Heart is Laden”:

With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had,
For many a rose-lipt maiden
And many a lightfoot lad.

By brooks too broad for leaping
The lightfoot boys are laid;
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
In fields where roses fade.
― A. E. Houseman from “A Shropshire Lad”. References were made to this poem by Meryl Streep in “Out of Africa” in her role as Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen).

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Excerpt from Ulysses”:

“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
― Alfred, Lord Tennyson from “Ulysses”, quoted by Dame Judi Dench in her role of M in the 007/ Bond movie, “Skyfall”. You can read the whole poem here.


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