Fame is a food that dead men eat,-
I have no stomach for such meat.
In little light and narrow room,
They eat it in the silent tomb,
With no kind voice of comrade near
To bid the banquet be of cheer.
But Friendship is a nobler thing,-
Of Friendship it is good to sing.
For truly, when a man shall end,
He lives in memory of his friend,
Who doth his better part recall,
And of his faults make funeral.
What impart I delivered from this poem? Praises and fame are heaped over the humans only after his death.
In the Cases of Majority of people especially famous people, the food of fame is not possible during their life time. If fame is considered as a food in most cases, it is supplied to the men only after his death, so fame is dead Men’s Food. During their life time, they are supplied criticisms and scolding as food. As fame is the food which people supply to a man after his death, the man has to take it in his small cabin of tomb and that also alone. No companionship at all. In solitude and loneliness the dead man has to eat the food fame which is given to him by the society.
The poet has compared fame and friendship. Friendship is really a highly adorable and nobler thing. We live in the hearts and memories of our friends even after our death. Like fame it is not supplied to us in our tomb after the death and we are not destined to eat that food of friendship alone in our tomb. Instead, friendship reaches us when we are alive. It lives in this world even after us. And our friends eat this precious food of friendship even when they are alive. So , friendship is not the food which the dead Man only eat like fame. Instead, friendship is the food which the living men eat in companionship and in group. What a nice and touching comparison between fame and friendship the poet has made in this poem. I will remember this poem forever in my life.