Spender, Stephen. "I think continually of those who were truly great".
- the speaker pays a posthumous tribute to great men
- great men: supposedly ancient historians, artists, or poets; ambitious, zealous, and passionate
- captured the aspects of history and so made it live forever ("What is precious is never to forget")
- conclusion: the great men were "born of the sun", "travelled […] towards the sun", and marked the air with the greatness
- free verse, unrhymed
- the great men are fittingly connected with images of sun and light
- the great men and their achievements are associated with lively natural images, as opposed to the lifeless and deadening city images; and finally identified with the loftiest manifestations of nature (sun, clouds, wind, sky, etc.)
- a celebration of the great men specifically, the spiritual aspect of human beings generally
- a celebration of the nature as preferred to the city
AuthorSpender, Stephen. (1909 - 1995).
Full TitleUntitled, the first line is used for identification.
Spender, Stephen. "I think continually of those who were truly great". Collected Poems. 1928 - 1985. London: Faber and Faber, 1990.