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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 - 133,881 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 - 133,881 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 Winter

  1. 1. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind , William Shakespeare
  2. 2. An Old Man's Winter Night , Robert Frost
  3. 3. Winter , William Shakespeare
  4. 4. A Winter Night , Robert Burns
  5. 5. Against Winter , Charles Simic
  6. 6. Winter Memories , Henry David Thoreau
  7. 7. Emmonsail's Heath In Winter , John Clare
  8. 8. To Winter , William Blake
  9. 9. Winter Night , Boris Pasternak
  10. 10. A Winter Night , Sara Teasdale
  11. 11. Approach Of Winter , William Carlos Williams
  12. 12. After The Winter , Claude McKay
  13. 13. A Winter Bluejay , Sara Teasdale
  14. 14. Spring And Winter , William Shakespeare
  15. 15. Winter Trees , William Carlos Williams
  16. 16. Winter: My Secret , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  17. 17. A City Winter , Frank O'Hara
  18. 18. Winter Solitude , Matsuo Basho
  19. 19. Winter , Walter de la Mare
  20. 20. Woods In Winter , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  21. 21. Winter Evening , Georg Trakl
  22. 22. Winter Complaint , Ogden Nash
  23. 23. California Winter , Karl Shapiro
  24. 24. Winter Dusk , Walter de la Mare
  25. 25. Blue Winter , Robert Francis
  26. 26. Now Winter Nights Enlarge , Thomas Campion
  27. 27. Winter Promises , Marge Piercy
  28. 28. A Winter Dawn , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  29. 29. First Winter Rain , Matsuo Basho
  30. 30. Winter Song , Wilfred Owen
  31. 31. Flowers In Winter , John Greenleaf Whittier
  32. 32. A Winter Ride , Amy Lowell
  33. 33. A Winter Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  34. 34. A Spell Before Winter , Howard Nemerov
  35. 35. A Winter Daybreak Above Vence , James Arlington Wright
  36. 36. The Seasons: Winter , James Thomson
  37. 37. Sonnet 97: How Like A Winter Hath My Abs.. , William Shakespeare
  38. 38. Birds At Winter Nightfall (Triolet) , Thomas Hardy
  39. 39. When The Winter Chrysanthemums Go , Matsuo Basho
  40. 40. A Song Of Winter Weather , Robert William Service
  41. 41. Winter Garden , Matsuo Basho
  42. 42. Winter-Time , Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. 43. Winter: A Dirge , Robert Burns
  44. 44. Winter Solstice , Anonymous
  45. 45. Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl , John Greenleaf Whittier
  46. 46. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  47. 47. To Winter , Claude McKay
  48. 48. Winter Wonderland , Joseph T. Renaldi
  49. 49. Scotland's Winter , Edwin Muir
  50. 50. To Juan At The Winter Solstice , Robert Graves
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