NO man should stand before the moon
To make sweet song thereon,
With dandified importance,
His sense of humor gone.

Nay, let us don the motley cap,
The jester’s chastened mien,
If we would woo that looking-glass
And see what should be seen.

O mirror on fair Heaven’s wall,
We find there what we bring.
So, let us smile in honest part
And deck our souls and sing.

Yea, by the chastened jest alone
Will ghosts and terrors pass,
And fays, or suchlike friendly things,
Throw kisses through the glass.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Vachel Lindsay's poem A Sense of Humor

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  1. tirra~lirra says:

    i love him! it reminds me of shakespeare somehow…his faeries and whatnot…it’s magical-ish, with the jesters and the fays and such! and i love the moon-looking glass analogy! huzzah for vachel lindsay!!!

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