The Two Brothers

The poem, The Two Brothers, tells the story of twin brothers named Can and Can't.  Can is described as being successful in all he does, while Can't faces challenges and difficulties. Let this poem encourage you to have an "I Can" attitude.


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The Two Brothers
By Lucien M. Lewis


There were twin brothers, we are told,
Whose mother at their hour of birth
To satisfy some curious whim,
Gave them the oddest names on earth.

She named one Can, the other, Can't,
And, lest confusion might be made,
She stamped their names upon their breasts.
In letters that would never fade.

Time passed; Can was a wondrous man,
God-like in every thought and deed.
And somehow everything he touched
Straightway would prosper and succeed.

Can't was the victim of bad luck.
And failed at everything he tried;
'Till finally, the story goes,
Bad luck assailed him and he died.

O mothers of the sons of men,
O mothers of the race to be.
Stamp only Can upon their breasts;
Stamp deep that all the world may see!



Analysis of The Poem, The Two Brothers:

This poem shows us how we see ourselves, and what we believe about our abilities can have either a positive or negative impact on our lives. Can, with a positive name and mindset, thrive and succeed in life. Conversely, Can't, burdened by his negative name, struggles and ultimately fails.

The poem reminds us the names and labels we give ourselves and others can have an impact on the type of life we lead. Our success is tied to our self-beliefs.

The poem teaches us an important lesson about raising our kids. It tells us to make sure they believe in themselves from the start. We should encourage them to think positively and aim for success, just like the brother named "Can" in the poem. Instead of focusing on limitations and failures, like the brother called "Can't," we should help them see the possibilities in life.

In summary, the poem reminds us that our beliefs about our abilities do shape our lives.



Brief Bio of The Poet:
 
Little is known about Lucien M. Lewis. While we don't have the biographical details, we can see that Lewis's work has encouraged readers to focus on what they can do.

In his poem, Two Brothers, he explores how your mindset can shape one's destiny. We believe Lewis's poem makes us ponder the potential each of us has within us and our attitudes and beliefs about ourselves.




Encouraging Quotes that Support The I Can Attitude:
 
"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right. Henry Ford
"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right." - Henry Ford

"The mind is everything. What you think, you become." - Buddha

"With the right attitude, anything is possible."




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