• Jordan Madden

Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday,

Christened on a stark and stormy Tuesday,

Married on a grey and grisly Wednesday,

Took ill on a mild and mellow Thursday,

Grew worse on a bright and breezy Friday,

Died on a grey and glorious Saturday,

Buried on a baking, blistering Sunday.

That was the end of Solomon Grundy.

Published in 1842, James Orchard Halliwell

While many see this poem as dark and gloomy, taking an alternative perspective on a possible meaning behind the story can lead you to another conclusion. Leaving your pessimistic thoughts at the door can bring out a brighter side to the poem. Some believe the true meaning behind Halliwell's poem is meant to convey a sense of urgency when it comes completing life goals. Kind of a, live your life to the fullest because you never know what will happen, sort of thing. Another theory I've read is that some people take the poem more seriously. They interpret the story as a man who has only lived 7 days in his life. The events in the poem are meant to convey as time lapse effect of an average person life sped up to a one week timespan. Both theories behind the poem convey the same message, to live your life to the fullest. The real question being, if were always being told this message to live your dreams and shoot for the stars, why do so little people actually do it?

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