Ladies and gentlemen, this is the oldest poem we can present you so far. This poem dates back to the ancient times. Unfortunately, there isn’t really much to tell when it comes to the biography of the writer of the poem Look to this day. This poem was written by Kālidāsa.
Kālidāsa (कालिदास) is one of the classical Sanskrit writers of India. He is considered to be the greatest poet ever lived in India. There is much debate when he lived. It is assumed that he lived somewhere between the fourth and sixth century.
Kālidāsa may have lived at the court of Vikramāditya. Unfortunately, there were a few kings throughout history, with that name. There is more mystery, because his play Mālavikāgnimitra, contains a dialect that was spoken in the third century.
It was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who wrote his poem Sakontala after reading the works of this Indian poet. Franz Schubert wrote an opera that was based on the play Sakuntala. This work was never finished and today there are only parts of this left. Felix Weingartners opera Sakuntala was first premiered in 1884.
About Look to this day
The poet thinks about past and future times in this poem. Hope for a new day, a new period and maybe even a new life. Never without recognition of the past and a warm welcome for the future.
Look to this day
Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!