Famous Sad Poem

In Kahlil Gibran's poem "Defeat," the poet presents a unique perspective on defeat and embraces it as a cherished companion. Through poetic language and metaphors, Gibran explores the deeper meaning of defeat and its transformative power. The poet personifies defeat, addressing it directly as a trusted confidant and source of self-knowledge. Gibran suggests that defeat brings wisdom and strength, allowing one to remain untethered by the allure of worldly success and instead find solace in solitude and rejection. The poem evokes a sense of defiance and resilience, emphasizing that defeat is not a sign of weakness but a catalyst for growth and a reminder of one's mortality. Gibran's imagery of soaring wings, crashing seas, and burning mountains conveys the tumultuous journey of the soul and the profound connection between defeat and personal courage. Ultimately, the poem exudes a spirit of determination and danger, urging the reader to face adversity with unwavering resolve and to embrace the transformative power of defeat.

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Famous Poem

Defeat

By more Kahlil Gibran

Defeat, my Defeat, my solitude and my aloofness;
You are dearer to me than a thousand triumphs,
And sweeter to my heart than all world-glory.

Defeat, my Defeat, my self-knowledge and my defiance,
Through you I know that I am yet young and swift of foot
And not to be trapped by withering laurels.
And in you I have found aloneness
And the joy of being shunned and scorned.

Defeat, my Defeat, my shining sword and shield,
In your eyes I have read
That to be enthroned is to be enslaved,
And to be understood is to be leveled down,
And to be grasped is but to reach one’s fullness
And like a ripe fruit to fall and be consumed.

Defeat, my Defeat, my bold companion,
You shall hear my songs and my cries and my silences,
And none but you shall speak to me of the beating of wings,
And urging of seas,
And of mountains that burn in the night,
And you alone shall climb my steep and rocky soul.

Defeat, my Defeat, my deathless courage,
You and I shall laugh together with the storm,
And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us,
And we shall stand in the sun with a will,
And we shall be dangerous.

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