An Analysis Of Oliver Wendell Holmes ' The Voiceless Essay

837 Words Oct 27th, 2015 4 Pages
College is a time in which students make choices that often set the course for the rest of their lives, and students are constantly being pressured to be successful in what they do. Success is a vague term that can be difficult to define however, and as such is nearly impossible to live up to. An important first step in achieving success than, is defining it, and while success can mean different things to different people, this paper will seek to provide a personal definition for success and examine what that looks like for me. Oliver Wendell Holmes writes in his poem The Voiceless, “Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them” (Holmes), and this line gets at the underlying ideas behind success. It acknowledges that everyone is born with a certain amount of talent, privilege, and opportunity, and emphasizes the importance of developing one’s talents to the fullest based on the gifts one was given. Holmes believes that each individual’s gifts should not be private and should be shared with the world, and he also recognizes the fact that death is inevitable; it is important to live with our mortality and eternal destiny in mind. Success is working hard to realize one’s full potential to make a difference in the world, and living life to the fullest in view of mortality and eternity. The idea of reflecting on death as motivation to live life to the fullest has been used in many cultures throughout history. In ancient Rome, success in the…

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