My Life Has Been the Poem I Would Have Writ


Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Poem in Your Pocket

By Henry David Thoreau
Submitted by Wes Mott (Humanities and Arts)

My life has been the poem I would have writ,
But I could not both live and utter it.




From the “Friday” chapter of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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One Response to “My Life Has Been the Poem I Would Have Writ”

  1. kboudreau Says:

    Wes writes, “I’ve always liked [these] lines. I’ve never been sure whether [the poem] is an expression of the dynamic wonder of life itself, or a pathetic little excuse for being an unproductive writer!”