The Fifth Philosopher’s Song by Aldous Huxley
Sue Butler’s choice number 2.
My second choice is The Fifth Philosophers Song by Aldous Huxley – which interestingly I have struggled to access on the internet, finally coming upon it on an English/Hungarian site!
I first came upon it as a teenager. It found it compelling, a revelation. All of the poetry I had read until then had been traditional, pastoral, romantic, formal. Strangely, considering the final line, I always received it as a message of individualism as well as serendipity. The poem resonated with a teenager in the grip alternately of existential angst and apathy but I have continued to return to it over the years. I love it’s pace and rhythm. Despite the downbeat ending I enjoy the way it always asks me quite simply what I am for.