is an untitled poem that first appeared in New Signatures, a collection of poetry selected by Michael Roberts to offer an imaginative and intellectual blend that would deal positively with the problems of the twentieth century.
Stephen Spender in “The Truly Great” shows reverence to those who have fought to enlighten the world. The speaker discusses people who “remembered the soul’s history” and “whose lovely ambition” has never failed. According to the speaker, those who are great will learn from history and will strive to fight the “traffic” that attempts to crush their spirit. We are reminded that the past holds great significance to the present, and we must always keep in mind lessons learned in the past so that we can move forward.
The distiinct quality of those who were truly great is having great ambitions and since the very beginning until the time he/she was born.It's him who never stops dreaming and believing that is truly great.