10 Poems to Read to Beat the Blues


10 Poems to Read to Beat the Blues

“Dil naumeed to nahin, nakaam hi toh hai,
Lambi hai gham ki sham, par sham hi toh hai!”
(The heart is just defeated but not without hope, the evening is full of sorrow but it will soon end!)

Blues as well as poetry? It is impossible not to mention these magical words by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the great Urdu poet. Words have the magical ability to spin your mood around. When woven into poetry, they become a magic wand meant to make you see life through a different perspective. But every poem has a mood, a rhythm, a time. There are times when poems really make a difference. So we bring you a selection of ten poems that will brighten you up as well as inspire you when you’re feeling the blues. Just put on some music, dim the lights as well as begin your romance with beautiful poetry! Who knows what it might inspire you to do.

10. King Canute by William Makepeace Thackerey

“…he sternly bade them never more to kneel to human clay,
But alone to praise and worship That which earth and seas obey:
And his golden crown of empire never wore he from that day.
King Canute is dead and gone: Parasites exist away.”

9. Highway Stripper by A.K. Ramanujan

“a straw
a white shoe fit
to be a fetish,
then another,
a heavy pleated skirt
and a fluttery
slip, faded pink,
frayed lace- edge
and all
(I even heard it swish),
a leg-of-mutton blouse
Just as fluttery.”

8. Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice. “

7. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

6. Tithonus by Lord Alfred Tennyson

“A soft air fans the cloud apart; there comes
A glimpse of that dark world where I was born.
Once more the old mysterious glimmer steals
From any pure brows, and from thy shoulders pure,
And bosom beating with a heart renew’d.”

5. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

4. Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

“Madiralaya jaane ko ghar se, chalta hai peene waala.
Kis path se jaun asmanjas men hai woh bhola bhala.
Alag alag path batlaate sab, par main yeh batlaata hun,
Raah pakad tu ek chala chal, paa jaiyega Madhushala..”

3. The Diverting History of John Gilpin by William Cowper

“John Gilpin at his horse’s side
Seized fast the flowing mane,
And up he got, in haste to ride.

But soon came down again;”

2. A Psalm of Life by H.W. Longfellow

“Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.”

1. Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”



10 Poems to Read to Beat the Blues


Sumit Gulia

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