Today's Task: 1/29
"Learn a poem by heart."
I love this task. In fact, it reminded me of a poem I memorized from an American History class back in middle school:
A moth-eaten rag
on a worm-eaten pole
can hardly begin
to stir a man's soul.
'tis the deeds that were done
'neath that moth-eaten rag
when the pole was a staff
and that rag was a flag.
I don't remember who wrote it or what war it was during; but I never forgot the words. This poem comes to my mind almost any time I get into a flag burning debate or discussion. It's not the flag itself that's so precious to people. It's what it represents. The same could be said for negative connotations associated with other flags like the Nazi or Confederate colors.
Do any of you have a favorite poem or even a play excerpt which stirs your soul? If so, share. If not, I suggest you scrounge the bookshelf until you find one. :)
To help you out, here are a few of the more popular and commonly recited poems:
A Dream Deferred - Langston Hughes
Death - Emily Dickenson
The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
The Tyger - William Blake
Death be Not Proud - John Donne
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - Dylan Thomas
Jabberwocky - Lewis Carrol
and for the adventurous soul with a strong memory:
The Raven - Poe