Lytton’s Apple of Life

 

King Solomon

Another great poetry must read includes Lytton‘s The Apple of Life, published under the pseudonym “Owen Meredith“. In this fantastic poem, King Solomon is presented with a most peculiar problem.

King Solomon is at the height of his power and glory: monarch of mighty kingdom situated at the trading crossroads of the Orient – Solomon has everything he desires. Or has he? For when the Angel of Death presents the king with an apple from the Tree of Life in Eden – saying that whosoever eats thereof will live forever – Solomon is presented with a precarious choice.

Solomon – wisest amongst the rulers of his age – quickly realises the potential – and the perils – of such a gift. As Solomon ponders what to do, he poses to himself the following questions:

  • Is living forever in a fallen world a blessing to be envied? Or a curse to be shunned?
  • Will living forever on earth be a blessing of greater wisdom and perspective – or a greater suffering as everyone and everything one knows gradually passes out of existence?

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