National Poetry day.

National poetry day in the U.K. Here is one of my favourites -----


by: Anne Bronte (1820-1849)

HOW brightly glistening in the sun
The woodland ivy plays!
While yonder beeches from their barks
Reflect his silver rays.

That sun surveys a lovely scene
From softly smiling skies;
And wildly through unnumbered trees
The wind of winter sighs:

Now loud, it thunders o'er my head,
And now in distance dies.
But give me back my barren hills
Where colder breezes rise;

Where scarce the scattered, stunted trees
Can yield an answering swell,
But where a wilderness of heath
Returns the sound as well.

For yonder garden, fair and wide,
With groves of evergreen,
Long winding walks, and borders trim,
And velvet lawns between;

Restore to me that little spot,
With gray walls compassed round,
Where knotted grass neglected lies,
And weeds usurp the ground.

Though all around this mansion high
Invites the foot to roam,
And though its halls are fair within--
Oh, give me back my HOME!


Anonymous said…
Lovely poem, I almost missed it was national poetry day!
I hear TS Elliot got voted fav poet? not my cup of tea!
Vintage Reading said…
Oh I like that. A poem about the pleasures of home. I'm a huge admirer of Anne Bronte yet I didn't know about this poem.

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