Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, I SURMOUNT, by DAVID IGNATOW

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First Line: Pain at fraud, believing
Last Line: Giving as its reason that myself exists.
Subject(s): Life; Self-reliance

pain at fraud, believing
in my own principle of joy,
that if I would live
as I imagine, each difficulty
must be turned to my employ;
that when I discover its use,
nothing is left
by which I may refuse my joy,
for in my possession is the meaning,
and I am of what each meaning consists,
giving as its reason that myself exists.

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