A Presentiment Poem by William Cullen Bryant

A Presentiment

Rating: 3.1

'Oh father, let us hence--for hark,
A fearful murmur shakes the air.
The clouds are coming swift and dark:--
What horrid shapes they wear!
A winged giant sails the sky;
Oh father, father, let us fly!'

'Hush, child; it is a grateful sound,
That beating of the summer shower;
Here, where the boughs hang close around,
We'll pass a pleasant hour,
Till the fresh wind, that brings the rain,
Has swept the broad heaven clear again.'

'Nay, father, let us haste--for see,
That horrid thing with horned brow,--
His wings o'erhang this very tree,
He scowls upon us now;
His huge black arm is lifted high;
Oh father, father, let us fly!'

'Hush, child;' but, as the father spoke,
Downward the livid firebolt came,
Close to his ear the thunder broke,
And, blasted by the flame,
The child lay dead; while dark and still,
Swept the grim cloud along the hill.

Adrian Flett 23 December 2018

A poem of rhyme and rhythm and a message to tell. Elders often think they know better. The truth is children keep their minds open to senses beyond the normal five.

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Khairul Ahsan 26 December 2018

An easy to understand poem, with an apt title. Thanks, Adrian Flett, for your wonderful explanation.

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Rajnish Manga 23 December 2018

A fine story with a dialogue and a narrative as if coming out of a tragic-drama. Quite heart touching. Thanks.

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Prabir Gayen 23 December 2018

Very beautiful... fantastic emotion......

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Edward Kofi Louis 23 December 2018

Haste! Taste! ! Let us fly! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 October 2021

A very suitable Title for this excellent poem, have I put 5 Stars full? Oh yes of course!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 October 2021

5 Stars for this absolute lovely poem, excellent rhyme and rhythm I have enjoyed immensely

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Sylvia Frances Chan 04 October 2021

What a magnificent poem about kids. Truly well observed by the great poet. Perfect rhyme and rhythm

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Chinedu Dike 04 October 2021

Really a beautiful rhetorical piece of poetry....

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 03 October 2021

Deeply moving and so poignant imbued with a meaningful message. Brilliantly presented with great poetic skill.

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