TO be original is to brave disgrace
The many reign - the various few are naught
All in one favoured pattern must be wrought,
Lopped, squeezed, repressed, the noble with the base -
The whole smoothed down to one unfeatured face;
Religion, genius, instinct, fancy, thought,
All to one narrow mould and fashion brought,
One middle level of dull commonplace.
Break out, my honest brother, brave and strong,
Thou that dost keep a living conscience still!
Give thy true thought to unconventioned speech!
Sink not dear Self in the one-liveried throng,
But sprout and spread like growing tree at will,
And thine own individual stature reach.
The motivation - is that we be original even in the face of ridicule.
Summary - To be yourself is to be brave despite others negativity. Some reign, others are nothing remade into the same as a thousand before the same boring shape. Break free from that uniform - do not become a servant like the many before you. Instead be yourself, and you will achieve greatness.
Tone - Inspired
Theme - Be yourself, be original - resist from following the crowd.
Rhyme Scheme - Closed form, end rhyme. The two different stanzas had different rhyme schemes, the first one going "ABBA", while the second stanza went "CDE"