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Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

The Wind


I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Shivani Gowda (7/4/2013 10:20:00 AM)

    The poem creates a chant-like mood. It keeps repeating in your mind and never leaves. I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Amy Fisher (7/3/2013 4:23:00 AM)

    One of the first books of poetry I ever read was A Child's Garden of Verses, from which this poem came. Unfortunately, many of the poems in that book are pedantic and suffer from stifling Victorian moralizing, However, I always thought The Wind was a wonderful exception, a beautiful poem, which, when read properly, actually has the cadence and rhythm of a wind blowing one about. One of my favorite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Javed Rizvi (7/9/2008 2:48:00 AM)

    there's something very profound about this poem of RL's. It hits upon ur emotions and makes u want ot cry each time u read it. I feel it has to do with rl's unique style and the simple, plaintve themes of his poems. they always bring out the child in u transporting u to the past and the subconscious memories that lie therein. a desperate craving for the past is the hallmark of all his poems. and his rhyme scheme is such that passions erupt within u like a volcano. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Risha : Ahmed (4/9/2007 1:29:00 AM)

    This poem is there in our school textbook. I just love reading it again and again till I learn it byheart. (Report) Reply

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