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Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 423

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How comes it that, at even-tide,

When level beams should show most truth,

Man, failing, takes unfailing pride

In memories of his frolic youth?

Venus and Liber fill their hour;

The games engage, the law-courts prove;

Till hardened life breeds love of power

Or Avarice, Age's final love.

Yet at the end, these comfort not--

Nor any triumph Fate decrees--

Compared with glorious, unforgot--

Ten innocent enormities

Of frontless days before the beard,

When, instant on the casual jest,

The God Himself of Mirth appeared

And snatched us to His heaving breast

And we--not caring who He was

But certain He would come again--

Accepted all He brought to pass

As Gods accept the lives of men...

Then He withdrew from sight and speech,

Nor left a shrine. How comes it now,

While Charon's keel grates on the beach,

He calls so clear: "Rememberest thou?"


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In my understanding of the poetry, according to its location, which is in a book of mischeivious schoolboys, I would think it is a reflection of the memories of childhood. I believe it talks about how "we," the young people, enjoyed the "God of Mirth," though they were oblivious to its value. And as they grew older, their love for power and fortune exceeded the trifles of youth, and they, in a sense, "grew up." So now, older, wiser, they see that "at the end, these comfort not." And they look back at their younger days longingly, and with fond memories. I apologize if this may be a meager analysis, but I am only seventeen, and still learning to write and analyze well.

| Posted on 2005-08-18 | by Approved Guest

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