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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 - 131,422 Points 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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  • Gold Star - 131,422 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. The Wind Sings Welcome In Early Spring , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. A Wind That Rose , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. Ode To The West Wind , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  5. 5. Who Has Seen The Wind? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  6. 6. The Wind , Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. 7. Ode To The Northeast Wind , Charles Kingsley
  8. 8. Wind , Fannie Stearns Davis
  9. 9. The Duties Of The Wind Are Few , Emily Dickinson
  10. 10. Westron Wynde , Anonymous Olde English
  11. 11. Come, Come Thou Bleak December Wind (Fra.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Wind Song , Carl Sandburg
  13. 13. Wind , Amy Lowell
  14. 14. How Lonesome The Wind Must Feel Nights - , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. The South Wind Say So , Carl Sandburg
  16. 16. The Spry Arms Of The Wind , Emily Dickinson
  17. 17. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  18. 18. Never More Will The Wind , Hilda Doolittle
  19. 19. Trashcan Lives , Charles Bukowski
  20. 20. I Saw The Wind Within Her , Emily Dickinson
  21. 21. How Yesterday Looked , Carl Sandburg
  22. 22. My Little March Girl , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  23. 23. The Term , William Carlos Williams
  24. 24. The Great Hunt , Carl Sandburg
  25. 25. Sand Scribblings , Carl Sandburg
  26. 26. The Wind Took Up The Northern Things , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. The Moon's The North Wind's Cooky , Vachel Lindsay
  28. 28. I Bet With Every Wind That Blew , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Illinois Farmer , Carl Sandburg
  30. 30. The Wind Blows , Galaktion Tabidze
  31. 31. How Slow The Wind , Emily Dickinson
  32. 32. The Aim Was Song , Robert Frost
  33. 33. Under A Hat Rim , Carl Sandburg
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