poet William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

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A Night-Piece

------The sky is overcast
With a continuous cloud of texture close,
Heavy and wan, all whitened by the Moon,
Which through that veil is indistinctly seen,
A dull, contracted circle, yielding light
So feebly spread, that not a shadow falls,
Chequering the ground--from rock, plant, tree, or tower.
At length a pleasant instantaneous gleam
Startles the pensive traveller while he treads
His lonesome path, with unobserving eye
Bent earthwards; he looks up--the clouds are split
Asunder,--and above his head he sees
The clear Moon, and the glory of the heavens.
There, in a black-blue vault she sails along,
Followed by multitudes of stars, that, small
And sharp, and bright, along the dark abyss
Drive as she drives: how fast they wheel away,
Yet vanish not!--the wind is in the tree,
But they are silent;--still they roll along
Immeasurably distant; and the vault,
Built round by those white clouds, enormous clouds,
Still deepens its unfathomable depth.
At length the Vision closes; and the mind,
Not undisturbed by the delight it feels,
Which slowly settles into peaceful calm,
Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (10/11/2020 2:00:00 PM)

    Still deepens its unfathomable depth.
    At length the Vision closes; and the mind,
    Not undisturbed by the delight it feels,
    Which slowly settles into peaceful calm,
    Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.
    a very fine poem. tony

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  • toufiq rasel (3/16/2019 12:38:00 AM)

    spellbound.really a heavy metal rocking in a peacefull silence.

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  • Jai krishn pareek (11/12/2018 9:43:00 AM)

    Outstanding william Wordsworth

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  • Bhagabat Prasad HottaBhagabat Prasad Hotta (10/29/2018 6:53:00 AM)

    THE POET DESCRIBES THE HAPPINESS MOMENT IN THE NIGHT. SO NICE POEM.

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  • Nishika Verma (9/25/2018 10:00:00 AM)

    Very nice

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  • Vandana Gupta (5/12/2018 4:35:00 AM)

    Very good

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  • yaboi (2/15/2018 7:57:00 AM)

    H.......................................................................................................................................................................

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  • Pushpraj bhardwaj (12/5/2017 7:41:00 PM)

    One of the nicest poems.

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  • Kunal shah (11/20/2017 11:01:00 AM)

    What is mean by Wipikidia No more comments

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  • M Sagnik DasM Sagnik Das (5/24/2017 10:43:00 AM)

    At length a pleasant instantaneous gleam
    Startles the pensive traveller while he treads
    His lonesome path, with unobserving eye
    Bent earthwards; he looks up- the clouds are split
    Asunder, - and above his head he sees
    The clear Moon, and the glory of the heaven


    very good

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/18/2016 11:49:00 PM)

    Awesome narration of nature- at night- the clouds, sky...... A great poem penned by a great poet gifted with superb imagery.

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  • Devesh Pandey (5/17/2014 6:56:00 AM)

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay;
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    sky an interesting subject which relates to nature and much written by the great poet in several other poems and his poems are more accurate while taking subject of nature.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    sky an interesting subject which relates to nature and much written by the great poet in several other poems and his poems are more accurate while taking subject of nature.

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  • Tiffany Brodi (10/14/2012 11:05:00 PM)

    WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME
    ALL I EVER WANTED WAS TO BE LOVED BY AN UGLY OLD MAN D: [[[

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  • Tiffany Brodi (10/14/2012 11:03:00 PM)

    I'm sorry, my account was hacked
    please leave me alone
    YOU ARE EVOLE

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  • Tiffany Brodi (10/14/2012 10:54:00 PM)

    this poem was too long so i didn't read it
    any recommendations of GOOD poems? ?

    of course not, nothing like that actually EXISTS! !

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  • p.a. noushadp.a. noushad (6/13/2008 8:07:00 AM)

    he nerrates the beauty of nature and tells us how nature can inspires us.beautiful.

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  • John Tiong ChunghooJohn Tiong Chunghoo (9/24/2006 4:32:00 AM)

    in a few minutes
    the night sky is
    blanketed in white
    not a star twinkle
    except our bated breath

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    M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal(12/17/2016 2:26:00 PM)

    Very well said, .

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