In what way is Desiderata by Max Ehrmann a didactic poem?

QuestionsIn what way is Desiderata by Max Ehrmann a didactic poem?
Sakshi asked 4 months ago

How is Max Ehrmann’s famous poem ‘Desiderata’ a didactic poem?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 4 months ago

A didactic poem is a morally instructional piece of verse. Max Ehrmann’s poem offers a a code for life emphasizing tolerance, inclusion and optimism. The poem is full of wise sayings and gentle guidance. The reader is urged to find peace within themselves, and project this inner peace in their dealings with the world. We see the poem endorsing an attitude to accept the world in all its entirety, with all its contrasts.
 
Moreover, the lines of the poem start with verbs like ‘Go’, ‘Speak’, ‘Listen’, ‘Avoid’, ‘Enjoy’, ‘Keep’, ‘Exercise’ and so on, making the poem a set of instructions for a better life. So ‘Desiderata’ is a didactic poem both in its theme and presentation.

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