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Sic Vita

Musings of a grammar school boy

When titling this poem, Henry King was probably referring to the full Latin Phrase ‘Sic Vita Est’ – such is life. I draw this poem to the attention of those reading my blog as it continues a common theme in poems I like which probably says a fair bit about me. Some time ago, I wrote a blogpost about the poem ‘Blackberry Picking’ by Seamus Heaney. The aforementioned theme is the brevity of life and perhaps the lack of constancy in all elements of  life – Henry King uses beautiful, simple metaphors to sharply turn a rush of optimism in its opening, to the darker reality humans face. Thanks to the Sunday Times News Review (David Mills in particular) for drawing this to my attention:

Like to the falling of a star;

Or as the flights of eagles are;

Or like the fresh spring’s gaudy hue;

Or silver drops…

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