Thursday, June 19, 2014

Poem of the Day: "To the Cuckoo" by William Wordsworth, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for June 19, 2014 is "To the Cuckoo" by William Wordsworth, Poet of the Month.  Information about the Songs of Eretz Poet of the Month feature as well as a biographical essay about William Wordsworth may be found here:  http://www.eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/06/songs-of-eretz-poetry-review-poet-of.html.

A Cuckoo
To the Cuckoo
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 bless├Ęd Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be
An unsubstantial, faery place;
That is fit home for Thee!

In this rhyming ballad, Wordsworth plays with time and memory, seamlessly slipping into the past and back to the present along the aural pathway of the cuckoo's call--a fourth dimensional moment if ever there was one.

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