The World’s 1000 Best Poems – Volume 6, Kingsley Meredith.
“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.”
– Henry Longfellow.
There’s nothing quite like setting yourself up for an expiry date than the declaration of being the Best.
It reminds me of “Men in Black” when Will Smith mocks the army guys “We’re the best of the best of the best, Sir”.
Still there is something poignant about such a strong statement as well. As though these poems could contain the universe and stave off decay.
Status: Borrowed from Mr. OP. Find out publication date, if only vintage or antiquarian. If latter, persuade him to sell.
Kill-ratio: 18:2 / 9:1
Alt-title: Untitled Book No. 210 For Savouring the Best of the Best Poems.