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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

  • Gold Star - 133,528 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/29/2015 5:18:00 AM)

    from
    '' 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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  • Gold Star - 133,528 Points 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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  • Rookie - 2 Points 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

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Poems About Wind

  1. 1. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind , William Shakespeare
  2. 2. Ode To The West Wind , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  3. 3. Especially When The October Wind , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. Who Has Seen The Wind? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  5. 5. The Wind , Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. 6. To The Thawing Wind , Robert Frost
  7. 7. The Wind , Vikram Seth
  8. 8. Wind On The Hill , Alan Alexander Milne
  9. 9. Wind Song , Ernestine Northover
  10. 10. The Wind, One Brilliant Day , Antonio Machado
  11. 11. Wind Chill , Linda Pastan
  12. 12. During Wind And Rain , Thomas Hardy
  13. 13. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  14. 14. Subway Wind , Claude McKay
  15. 15. The Gypsy And The Wind , Federico García Lorca
  16. 16. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. Less Than The Cloud To The Wind , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. The Rain And The Wind , William Ernest Henley
  19. 19. Come, Come Thou Bleak December Wind (Fra.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. 20. Night Wind , John Clare
  21. 21. The Wind , Amy Lowell
  22. 22. Wind , James Fenton
  23. 23. A South Wind&Mdash;Has A Pathos , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Wind At Tindari , Salvatore Quasimodo
  25. 25. That Wind I Used To Hear It Swelling , Emily Jane Brontë
  26. 26. Ode To The Northeast Wind , Charles Kingsley
  27. 27. Alone In The Wind, On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  28. 28. Wind In The Beechwood , Siegfried Sassoon
  29. 29. The Night Wind , Eugene Field
  30. 30. The Wind Is Without There And Howls In T.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  31. 31. May Wind , Sara Teasdale
  32. 32. Blowing In The Wind , Dee Daffodil
  33. 33. The Wind Of Sorrow , Henry Van Dyke
  34. 34. Evening Wind , Yosa Buson
  35. 35. The Wind Blew Shrill And Smart , Robert Louis Stevenson
  36. 36. Blow, Northern Wind , Anonymous Americas
  37. 37. The Way Of The Wind , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  38. 38. Westron Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow? , Anonymous
  39. 39. The Wind That Shakes The Barley , Katharine Tynan
  40. 40. Blow, Northern Wind , Anonymous
  41. 41. West Wind, The , William Cullen Bryant
  42. 42. The Wind Was Rough Which Tore , Emily Jane Brontë
  43. 43. The Night - Wind , Emily Jane Brontë
  44. 44. Song Of The Sea-Wind , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  45. 45. The West Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  46. 46. Higher Than The Wind , Tailor Bell
  47. 47. Wind Is Song , Velimir Khlebnikov
  48. 48. The Wind , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  49. 49. South Wind , Siegfried Sassoon
  50. 50. Free My Ashes With The Wind , Sarah L. Johnsen
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