Lindsay, Vachel. "The Leaden-Eyed".
The speaker appeals to the reader to consider the following. He blames the world for its worst crime: it is not poverty, hard work, slavery, or death themselves. It is that the world turns its babes into dull, sheep-like, leaden-eyed creatures. The speaker would not mind people starving, if they were still dreaming; or sowing, if they were also reaping; or serving, if they had gods to serve; or dying, if they were not dying like sheep.
- a poem of appeal
- urges for thinking and reasoning, refuses dullness and resignation
- suggests that the uniqueness of human beings lies in their capability to think, if they do not use it, they degrade themselves to the level of animals or even inanimate objects
AuthorLindsay, Vachel. (1879 - 1931).
Full Title"The Leaden-Eyed".
First PublishedIn: The Congo and Other Poems. NY: Macmillan, 1914.
Lindsay, Vachel. "The Leaden-Eyed". (1914). Collected Poems. Whitefish: Kessinger Publishing, 2005.