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To The Cuckoo
Posted by: Martin (
Date: April 22, 2003 10:19PM

I was wondering if anyone could talk about this some poetry devices he uses...thanx

To The Cuckoo
by William Wordsworth

O Blithe New-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo! Shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice?

While I am lying on the grass
Thy twofold shout I hear,
From hill to hill it seems to pass,
At once far off, and near.

Though babbling only to the Vale,
Of Sunshine and of flowers,
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.

Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring!
Even yet thou art to me
No bird, but an invisible thing,
A voice, a mystery;

The same whom in my school-boy days
I listened to; that Cry
Which made me look a thousand ways
In bush, and tree, and sky.

To seek thee did I often rove
Through woods and on the green;
And thou wert still a hope, a love;
Still longed for, never seen.

And I can listen to thee yet;
Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
That golden time again.

O blessed Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be
An unsubstantial, faery place;
That is fit home for Thee

Re: To The Cuckoo
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: April 23, 2003 01:57PM

Well, it's rhymed, metric verse, written in stanza form (4 lines to the stanza). Rhyme is abab, cdcd, etc.

He's also personifying nature.


Re: To The Cuckoo
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: April 26, 2003 04:58PM

some poetry devices he uses ...

Thy twofold shout I hear

Inversion. A poetry device used by reversing the normal sentence structure solely for the purpose of getting a rhyme. That is, 'I hear thy twofold shout' is what one would really say.

No bird, but an invisible thing

Device - cramming too many syllables in a line and forcing the reader to hear 'invis'ble'.

And listen, till I do beget

Device - adding an extra syllable ('do') to make the meter come out right.

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