The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams


The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams

The Poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams
This is a specific example of American poetry by one of this country's most famous poets. This section provides a selection of different types of American poetry including the poem by this famous American Poet. The American poetry and poems have been selected to cover all aspect of this kind of poetry and poem. The following American poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams from this famous poet can be used as a good example of American poetry.
 

The poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams
 

 "Man wants but little here below,
Nor wants that little long."
'Tis not with me exactly so;
But 'tis so in the song.
My wants are many and, if told,
Would muster many a score;
And were each wish a mint of gold,
I still should long for more.

What first I want is daily bread --
And canvas-backs, -- and wine --
And all the realms of nature spread
Before me, when I dine.
Four courses scarcely can provide
My appetite to quell;
With four choice cooks from France beside,
To dress my dinner well.

What next I want, at princely cost,
Is elegant attire :
Black sable furs for winter's frost,
And silks for summer's fire,
And Cashmere shawls, and Brussels lace
My bosom's front to deck, --
And diamond rings my hands to grace,
And rubies for my neck.

I want (who does not want?) a wife, --
Affectionate and fair;
To solace all the woes of life,
And all its joys to share.
Of temper sweet, of yielding will,
Of firm, yet placid mind, --
With all my faults to love me still
With sentiment refined.

And as Time's car incessant runs,
And Fortune fills my store,
I want of daughters and of sons
From eight to half a score.
I want (alas! can mortal dare
Such bliss on earth to crave?)
That all the girls be chaste and fair, --
The boys all wise and brave.

I want a warm and faithful friend,
To cheer the adverse hour,
Who ne'er to flatter will descend,
Nor bend the knee to power, --
A friend to chide me when I'm wrong,
My inmost soul to see;
And that my friendship prove as strong
For him as his for me.

I want the seals of power and place,
The ensigns of command;
Charged by the People's unbought grace
To rule my native land.
Nor crown nor sceptre would I ask
But from my country's will,
By day, by night, to ply the task
Her cup of bliss to fill.

I want the voice of honest praise
To follow me behind,
And to be thought in future days
The friend of human-kind,
That after ages, as they rise,
Exulting may proclaim
In choral union to the skies
Their blessings on my name.

These are the Wants of mortal Man, --
I cannot want them long,
For life itself is but a span,
And earthly bliss -- a song.
My last great Want -- absorbing all --
Is, when beneath the sod,
And summoned to my final call,
The Mercy of my God.
 

 

The Poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams - Example of American Poetry
Poetry written such as the poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams is piece of literature written by a American poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish American poetry from American prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. A famous example of American poetry is the poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams.

The Poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams - Example of Structure of American Poetry
The structure used in an American poem varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of the poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams. The structural elements might include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets and American Poetry combine the use of language and a specific structure to create an imaginative and expressive poem such as The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams . The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem.
 

The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams

  • The words of the famous American poem The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams
  • Illustrating an example of a Poetry type or Literary term
  • Free Educational resource and example of this literary term
  • Structure, example, type, form and term
  • Example of poetry
  • Example of American Poetry Type
  • The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams
  • American poem


 

The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams

The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams - Main - Example - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem  - Poem - Poetry - English Test  - Example - Poetry Test - Genre - Lyric - Literary Term - Basic - Literary Form - Glossary - Definition - Definition - Define - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem  - Basic - Poem - Poetry - Poerty - Dictionary - Terminology - Topic - Meaning - Poem - Poetry - Example - Sample - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem  - Example - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem  - Main - Example - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Type of Poem - English Test  - Basic - Example - Poetry Test - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem  - Poem - Poetry - Genre - Lyric - Literary Term - Literary Form - Poerty - Glossary - Definition - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem  - Poetry - Poerty - Basic - Definition - Define - Glossery - Basic - Dictionary - Terminology - Topic - Meaning - Example - Sample - Rules - Kind - Example - The Wants of Man by John Quincy Adams Poem - Written By Linda Alchin