What are some good poems about forgiveness?


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One example of a poem about forgiveness is "Forgiveness" by George William Russell. Another example of a forgiveness poem is "Lo Now My Guest" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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"Forgiveness" is a poem about how the heart feels heavy when it is betrayed and how both the wronged and wrongdoer both end up in a grave in the end. The poem ends with the theme of forgiveness and how it has the power to cleanse the fault of pride. George William Russell was an Irish poet during the mid to late 19th century and early 20th century. Russell was also a painter, editor and critic. Many of his writings have a mystical theme that inspired devotees of theosophy in Dublin during the time.

"Lo Now My Guest" is a short poem about wiping the slate clean from grudges held against those who have slighted us in any way. Robert Louis Stevenson was an author of poetry, novels and travel writing during the 19th century. He was a forerunner of Neo-romanticism in English literature and was greatly admired by other authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov. However, many modernist writers ignored his work because it wasn't confined by the close-minded definition of literature during the time.

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