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Robert Louis Stevenson - Best 2 Funeral Poems [Includes PDF & Audio]

Discover the depth and nuance of Robert Louis Stevenson's verse in our handpicked collection of three of his remarkable funeral poems. This page offers an exploration into Stevenson's interpretations of loss, grief, and the soothing resonance of cherished memories.

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1) That Man Is A Success

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That Man is a Success
Who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
Who has gained the respect
of intelligent men and the love of children;
Who has filled his niche
and accomplished his task;
Who leaves the world better than he found it,
whether by an improved poppy or a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
Who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty
or failed to express it;
Who looked for the best in others
and gave the best he had.

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2) Requiem

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Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you gave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

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History & Information about poet Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish writer, poet, and essayist born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the only child of a prominent engineering family and was expected to follow in his father's footsteps. However, Stevenson had other plans and pursued a career in literature instead.

Stevenson began writing at a young age and published his first book, "An Inland Voyage," in 1878. The book was a travelogue about a canoe trip he had taken in France and was well-received by critics.

Stevenson's most famous works include "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." These works were written for a popular audience and have become classic examples of adventure, mystery, and horror fiction.

In addition to his fiction writing, Stevenson was also a prolific essayist and poet. His poetry, which includes works such as "A Child's Garden of Verses" and "Underwoods," explores themes of childhood, imagination, and the beauty of nature.

Stevenson's health began to decline in the 1880s, and he spent much of his later life traveling in search of a climate that would improve his health. He eventually settled in Samoa, where he died on December 3, 1894, at the age of 44.

Robert Louis Stevenson is remembered as one of the greatest writers of the 19th century and a master of adventure and suspense fiction. His works continue to be read and enjoyed by audiences of all ages, and his legacy as a literary giant endures to this day.