TNPSC Group General English Literature
– Important lines from Poems:
TNPSC Group 4 General English consists of three parts, first Grammer, second Literature, and finally Authors and their Literary Works. In this section, we discuss the second one Literature. Actually, the Literature part is easy & students can easily score maximum marks in this part. So, we provide the TNPSC Group 4 General English Study Material – Literature in an easy way for the TNPSC aspirants. The Important lines from the poem are given on this page below.
Important lines from Poems:
A Psalm of Life
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
The Solitary Reaper
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
No nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Will no one tell me what she sings?
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again!
What’er the theme, the maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more.
– William Wordsworth
Going for Water
The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.
But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.
Be the Best
It you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley – but be
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass-
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here.
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun, be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail-
Be the best of whatever you are!
– Douglas Malloch
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
– William Shakespeare
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