Analyzed Poem: Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

The Introduction

At the moment,

  • If you’re not happy with yourself.
  • If you’re not in harmony with whatever you regard as your own God.
  • If you’re yet to find peace in this lousy world that looks so shapeless like amoeba.

Then you need to download and listen to Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

It is what I regard as the modern ecclesiastic; so direct and simplified.

Without the right knowledge and wisdom, most people live through life like a ship navigated by sailor with a lost compass because nothing seems to be justifiable_ not even what some people fanatically portray to be a sin.

The Motive

The poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann is an eight stanza free verse that is capable of assisting any human to narrow his/her mind in this broad universe. It emphasizes the pursuit of peace, prudence, tolerance, growth, love, uncertainty, adaptability, godliness and the undiluted happiness. Ehrmann is an American poet who live between September 28, 1872 and September 9, 1945.

The Paraphrase

Now, let me paraphrase the poem as follows:
Silence is very peaceful and it best never to hold grudges against people. Humbly express your opinions give ear to others because everyone has a story.

Stay away as far as possible from loud and aggressive people because they will corrupt your inner being. Don’t forget that it is very painful comparing yourself with others (you will always be better than some and some better than you); therefore enjoy whatever you have acquired.

Remember, whatever career you chose, it is worthwhile. Heroism is never a bad thing but be careful of fraudsters in your career path.

Do not walk in someone else’s shadow; be yourself. Don’t pretend to love when you hate or hate when you’re actually in love “for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass”.

As time grows, grow with it. Misfortunes will come and be courageous to handle them wise well, don’t bury yourself in charm or magical powers. Be careful and be calm because “many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness”.

“You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

Be at peace with whatever you regard as your own God and do not let worldly aspirations deprive you rest of mind.

And no matter what the case may be, this world is a very beautiful world, therefore inner happiness is the most important thing you should pursue.

Enunwwa Chukwudinma S.
aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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