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Posted by: StephenFryer (
Date: March 03, 2004 03:19AM

Author: your name (
Date: 02-29-04 23:25

does anyone know poems about being an individualist/ non conformist?

Re: Individualism/conformity
Posted by: StephenFryer (
Date: March 03, 2004 03:19AM

Author: Pam Adams (
Date: 03-01-04 13:40

There's always this one.


By Jenny Joseph


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Re: Individualism/conformity
Posted by: StephenFryer (
Date: March 03, 2004 03:20AM

Author: Marian-NYC (
Date: 03-02-04 18:17

The quote about marching to "a different drummer" isn't from a POEM, but you may be able to use it anyway:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist.
Walden, “Conclusion,” (1854).

Re: Individualism/conformity
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: March 03, 2004 10:00AM

Henley's Invictus, of course. Google.
Miltpn's Satan is an individualist too: it's a running theme in Paradise Lost.

Re: Individualism/conformity
Posted by: Jean-Paul (
Date: March 08, 2004 10:40PM

If I am an individual
like everyone else
does that make us all the same?

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"

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