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Start Where You Stand

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Chloe Castanon

on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of Start Where You Stand

Start Where You Stand
Berton Braley
The Poem
Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success;
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand-new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
Today’s the thing, tomorrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history,
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned;
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.
Title
Before I read the poem, I thought it was going to be about making something out of nothing and working your way up.
Paraphrase
Stanza 1: You shouldn't worry about mistakes you've made in the past because you've gotten through them for a reason and you shouldn't let something that you can't change hold you back.

Stanza 2: As long as you work hard and do something great, no one will remember the bad things you might have done in the past. If you spend too much time feeling sorry for yourself then you're going to miss out on new opportunities.

Stanza 3: You shouldn't be afraid to reach your goals and you should be able to learn from your mistakes. Don't worry about past failures and just move forward.
Connotation
"Start where you stand" is repeated throughout the poem and it means that you should keep moving forward and not look back.

When the author says "Future is your time, and time is fleet" I think that the he's is trying to say that time goes by fast so seize the moment.

When the author says "Forget the buried woes and dead despairs" he's saying to forget about the mistakes that you've made.
Attitude
Throughout the poem, the poet seems passionate about what he's saying. He has a motivational tone like he's trying to inspire us.
Shifts
In the first stanza the author talks about getting past your mistakes and not looking back, but when we get to the second stanza the topic shifts to talking about creating a future for yourself and moving forward.
Title
Now after reading the poem I know that the title is saying that the poem is going to be about moving forward and working towards a successful future.
Theme
The theme of this poem is that you shouldn't live in the past and let your mistakes hold you back but that you should continue to move forward and grow.
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