No man hath dared to write this thing as yet,
And yet I know, how that the souls of all men great
At times pass athrough us,
And we are melted into them, and are not
Save reflexions of their souls.
Thus am I Dante for a space and am
One Francois Villon, ballad-lord and thief,
Or am such holy ones I may not write
Lest blasphemy be writ against my name;
This for an instant and the flame is gone.

‘Tis as in midmost us there glows a sphere
Translucent, molten gold, that is the “I”
And into this some form projects itself:
Christus, or John, or eke the Florentine;
And as the clear space is not if a form’s
Imposed thereon,
So cease we from all being for the time,
And these, the Masters of the Soul, live on.

Analysis, meaning and summary of the poem by

4 Comments

  1. Sheryl Skoglund says:

    No man hath dared to write this thing as yet,
    And yet I know, how that the souls of all men great
    At times pass athrough us,
    And we are melted into them, and are not
    The poet is saying we are mortal for souls are immortal.

  2. Bibi says:

    I understand this as it follows:
    The work of “all men great..the masters of the soul, LIVE ON”! The tradition always projects itself on the new. “The ‘I'”, the individuality of the poet is marked by his new view point, but also by the work of the previous….

  3. Anonymous says:

    This PoeM IIs VeRRy WeiRD…;)

  4. OH NOES says:

    We better get back to the year 2104, we may have to adjust to this new time line. By the way, should I inform these guys of the december tragedy of 2011. I cant honestly see any negative effects to preventing it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding the meaning or the theme of this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.