"I Had A Lover's Quarrel With The World"
Context: Frost argues against the "sages" of today who insist that "this uncertain age in which we dwell" is really "dark." The poet believes otherwise: "We can't appraise the time in which we act," because we are too close to it. Furthermore, "There's always something to be sorry for,/ A sordid peace or an outrageous war." Time has always been the same, "all ages shine/ With equal darkness." The poet then comforts himself in the realization of what life really is and concludes with an affirmation of life:
We all are doomed to broken-off careers,And so's the nation, so's the total race.The earth itself is liable to the fateOf meaninglessly being broken off.. . .I take my incompleteness with the rest.God bless himself can no one else be blessed.. . .And were an epitaph to be my storyI'd have a short one ready for my own.I would have written of me on my stone:I had a lover's quarrel with the world.