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spring poetry
Posted by: Mel (
Date: October 28, 2000 02:48PM

Help! I'm trying to compare the use of language in the following three peoms;'Lines Written In Early Spring' by William Wordworth, 'Farewell Frost, or Welcome Spring' by Robert Herrick and 'Very Early Spring' by Katherine Mansfield. Any comments would be extremely welcome!

RE: spring poetry
Posted by: Soma (
Date: October 28, 2000 10:52PM

Any comments would be extremely welcome!

In that case, for your poetic well-being, drop everything this minute and get stuck
into my favourite poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins and his sonnet to "Spring"

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring --
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. -- Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid's child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

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