William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind - Poem by William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most freindship if feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
That does not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As a friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.


Comments about Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind by William Shakespeare

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/29/2015 5:18:00 AM)


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    '' As You Like It '' (1623) - Act II, Scene vii

    This song is sung by Lord Amiens just after Jaques has made his famous speech which begins 'all the world's a stage' and goes on to detail the seven ages of man. The whole scene treats of the hypocrisy and ingratitude of man. In fact, hypocrisy and ingratitude are two of the central themes of the play as a whole, with the character Jaques brilliantly embodying the vituperative bitterness of one who has played the courtly game and lost. He rails against everybody and everything, but, in so doing, demonstrates that he is no better than the people against whom he rails. The trick is, of course, not to become embittered, as detailed very elegantly in this little song.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/29/2015 4:43:00 AM)


    There are six syllables per line here, except the 'Heigh ho! ' line which has five, and gives us time to pause there, and look around to see if the audience has gone to sleep, and prepare ourselves to sing the final refrain with its terrible conclusions. And the conclusions really are terrible: 'most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly'. If there is anything that the poet was put on earth to celebrate, it was those two things, love and friendship. And yet the poetry goes on.

    The use of the form of a ditty to convey these solemn and disconcerting thoughts is very effective. The strong contrast between the nature of the thoughts expressed and the form of the poem points up the horror, and also shows the way in which the faithless individuals, the hypocrites and the ungrateful, may be overcome, not in railing against them, as does Jaques, but in accepting that things are so, and seeking solace where it is to be found. 'And this our life, exempt from public haunt, / Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in everything.' (The Duke, As You Like It, Act II, Scene vii)
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  • Prince Adufah (10/30/2015 1:18:00 PM)


    Shakespeare uses sound (onomatopoeia) to draw our instincts to the non-escaping memories of the winter wind and makes an inductive comparison of man's nature to that of the wind. Indeed a critical observer would be gay by the smell and feel of the smoothing wind. (Report) Reply

  • Lakshmi S Bose (2/23/2015 7:25:00 AM)


    Nice poem which gives an inspiration to write (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2015 8:44:00 AM)


    Another time the poem reads still it seems to be very great. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2014 11:41:00 AM)


    This poem has been made into a very beautiful song... :) (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:40:00 AM)


    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2014 7:05:00 AM)


    The greatest poet proclaims the need of love and nature's wonderful helps gets to the world. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2014 7:06:00 AM)


    plzzz i want the figures of speech, , if anyone know plzzzz inbox me mino1sweety@yahoo.com (Report) Reply

  • (12/31/2013 4:08:00 PM)


    Two typos second stanza. Jsut distarcting. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/2/2013 4:29:00 AM)


    The blowing winds and falling rains
    Make no friends or enemies dear
    They have nothing to lose or gain
    But come and go as seasons near...

    All ye poets reading this welcome to my page
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  • *sunking* Adams (11/16/2012 11:54:00 AM)


    Wow he said a mouthful with those words!
    Though thou the waters warp,
    Thy sting is not so sharp
    As a friend remembered not. ;)
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  • *sunking* Adams (11/16/2012 11:49:00 AM)


    Wow he said a mouthful with those words!
    Though thou the waters warp,
    Thy sting is not so sharp
    As a friend remembered not.
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  • (9/1/2012 3:29:00 PM)


    Rain, rain thou summer yet?
    I've never been so wet.
    But naught besides the the soak
    From tax and bankers' theft.
    For we've been left bereft
    If not quite broke!
    Heigh-ho! Sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
    Most days it's raining. You'll need a brolly.
    Then heigh-ho, the holly!
    This weather's most jolly.

    Apologies to Big Bill.
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  • (7/23/2012 5:17:00 PM)


    No one hop on my head about this but Shakespeare sound totally wasted.
    you can't say that nobody agees with me.
    No matter i love Shakespears work drunk or sober
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  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (5/28/2012 7:33:00 AM)


    I just love the 'Shakespearan view of life' (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2009 8:08:00 AM)


    Well written Shakespeare!
    Truly, a the winter wind is better than a bad brother or friend.
    Truly, a good enemy is better than a bad friend.
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  • (2/29/2008 5:04:00 AM)


    really it do hurts when ur friend be unfaithful (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2007 10:49:00 AM)


    Elizabethan or Podernist the thing is that human facts seems to be always the same.Betray, ingratitude, vanity and solitude are just the sign of times.Love Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • Egal Bohen (2/6/2006 5:36:00 PM)


    Winter England, Green holly and life so jolly. Oh to be an Elizabethan! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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