Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 31, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Spring and Fall

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). 

Spring and Fall
to a young child

Margaret, are you grieving 
Over Goldengrove unleaving? 
Leaves, like the things of man, you 
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? 
Ah! as the heart grows older                                     5
It will come to such sights colder 
By and by, nor spare a sigh 
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie; 
And yet you wíll weep and know why. 
Now no matter, child, the name:                              10
Sorrow’s springs are the same. 
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed 
What heart heard of, ghost guessed: 
It is the blight man was born for, 
It is Margaret you mourn for.                                   15

Notes:
http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/59.html
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/hopkins/

This concludes the POEM OF THE DAY series.–W.E. Poplaski

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