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Untitled -- Plato

Guest poem sent in by Nikhil Sethi
(Poem #1279) Untitled
 Star of my life, to the stars your face is turned;
 Would I were the heavens, looking back at you with ten thousand eyes.
-- Plato
Comments :) does it really need any? Its just so simple and so beautiful
that nothing I say about it can do it justice. (or so I feel about it).

Regards
Nikhil Sethi

[Martin adds]

Plato had a lot to say about poetry :). On the one hand, there's his famous
quote

   "Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history"

On the other hand, book 10 of his Republic contains an extended diatribe
against poetry ("imitative poetry" to be precise), which he considers "thrice
removed" from the truth, and rejected in his Ideal Republic:

   Of he many excellences which I perceive in the order of our State, there is
   none which upon reflection pleases me better than the rule about poetry.

   To what do you refer?

   To the rejection of imitative poetry, which certainly ought not to be
   received

     -- http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/republic.11.x.html

I think today's poem speaks more eloquently than any diatribe, though.

[1] a fascinating document, by the way - the first time I read it, I was
spellbound despite my initial reluctance to embark upon it

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Tim Reynolds said...

My woman is Arkheanasa of Colophon
in whose each wrinkle smoulders a bitter love
You young men who shipped on her maiden voyage
out of what a conflagration you have come

Plato

Shailja Sharma said...

this is just the most perfect line ever written ..( yeah quoting Segal)
its the ULTIMATE

Nikhil Sethi said...

The perfect lines for that perfect someone... the beauty of the poem can only be really appreciated when you know the person for whom these lines were written/dedicated. :)

Shailja Sharma said...

God!! This poem sure can take anyone's breath away !:)
i think, when one reads these lines, and thinks of that someone who dedicated them to him/her with smiles, tears and faith ...tht someone has to be the MOST precious person, the best thing, in one's life.
These stars are, So Far ...Yet So Near, and by having Faith, one day those stars and those eyes will see each other, unite forever. I think this poem is bout "Keeping the Faith; for only then dreams come true.They do."

Nikhil Sethi said...

For, you see, each day I love you more,
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.

- Rosemonde Gérard, "L'éternelle chanson" -

Shailja Sharma said...

"It's is a long hard journey, but if u want the rainbow, you have to put up with a little rain." (-Dolly Parton)
I was reading a book the other day n came across this beautiful line, touched me just the way it talks bout love and faith:
"It was most foolish to think that she would let go of him;for now he lived within her, no more she knew where she ended and he began..."
:)

Alok Tiwari Gurgaon said...

This poem has no deceptive techniques, it has untrained players - stars,
heavens, face... and they have given their best raw shots.

Regards,
Alok Tiwary

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i wrote these lines for a girl once.
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i had offered to make a program for her, as we often did on those calculators, the "Ti-82"
i wrote a program, so that each line would appear in turn, every time she pressed enter.
i had no idea what i would do when i offered.
but as soon as her calculator was in my hands, i knew what to create.
i loved her, and this poem, and the program to make it appear, were clear to me.
they were they only answer.
as she read it, sitting next to me in class, it quite literally took her breath away.
she asked me, "did you write this?"
for a moment i was disappointed, as i had to admit i didn't.
but only for a moment, as honesty in the face of such beauty (the poem and the girl) was the only recourse.
and felt justified to borrow these lines, as they could only have been written under the impression of a girl so lovely as the one before me.
in such a way were they written for her, more than two thousand years ago.
there was no further comment shared.
but i knew the impact.
and later, the next summer, i kissed her as we gazed at the stars.
the poem...alive.

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