Sunday, May 13, 2001

A Winter Night Comments

Rating: 3.1
When biting Boreas, fell and doure,
Sharp shivers thro' the leafless bow'r;
When Phœbus gies a short-liv'd glow'r,
Far south the lift,


Robert Burns
Michael Walker 25 June 2020
Burns' spelling of a Scottish dialect reminds me somewhat of Kipling, complete with commas for omitted letters. 'An' close thy e'e? ' The poem shows compassion for the helpless bird.
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Mahtab Bangalee 25 January 2020
O' winter war, And thro' the drift, deep-lairing, sprattle, Beneath a scar......./// beautiful poetic expression
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Kingsley Egbukole 25 January 2020
Very interesting and beautifully composed. Lovely reading
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Edward Kofi Louis 25 January 2020
Swirl! ! ! Drift of life with, The romance of nature. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Rajnish Manga 25 January 2020
With the publication of this amazing poem, PH has given a befitting tribute to Robert Burns today. He was born on 25th January,1759.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 25 January 2020
Winter night knocks the door of beauty of benevolence and it glorifies life. This poem is definitely very nicely motivates mind.
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Adeeb Alfateh 04 July 2019
List'ning, the doors an' winnocks rattle, I thought me on the ourie cattle, Or silly sheep, wha bide this brattle O' winter war, And thro' the drift, deep-lairing, sprattle, Beneath a scar. superb and beautiful great great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Wanda Dilbeck 20 December 2017
I like them pretty
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Bill Wright 12 October 2016
Winter nights can be pretty cold in that part of Scotland!
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Winter on a farm in Scotland very picturesque...
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Mohammad Skati 29 August 2014
Very pretty lines of poetry. We felt it.
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* Sunprincess * 09 March 2014
.........nice lines.. ~Ilk happing bird, wee, helpless thing! That, in the merry months o' spring, Delighted me to hear thee sing, ~
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Indeed this poem is written by a wizard of poesy, and it takes a wizard analyst to analyze it.... Whao strikes most is the brevity and dexterity so far displayed in this piece of poesy. Though i wouldn't fail to mention that the vigour of winter breeze is seriously felt, even though i wasn't there. It is eve running through me now. I'm afraid if such wind comes now our glass windows will be bashed.
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Gajanan Mishra 29 August 2013
pitiless the tempest wild, good write, thanks.
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Kevin Straw 29 August 2012
As Michael Harmon says there is a lot of this poem missing. Link http: //
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Ramesh T A 29 August 2011
Effect of storm is very well exposed in this poem by a special of action also! Wonderfully composed poem takes us to the very scene!
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Michael Harmon 29 August 2009
Doing a little search, I found that, apparently, there are several more stanzas to this poem. If it that is correct, a proper analysis of the theme of this would not be possible.
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Kevin Straw 29 August 2009
A definition of some of these words is needed to get the whole poem. It is a masterful poem. It is in a dialect, but then what poem written in English is not! I must admit to being a little emotionally lost at the end, there am I (with Burns in feeling) in a warm room feeling for the sheep etc in the storm - but is that it? Is Burns saying that the plight of these animals is unavoidable?
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Rebekah Gamble 02 March 2008
This poem is beautiful and shows some rare qualities of genius in it's writer. For instance, Burns gives an abstract idea the human verb of sleep, solidifying something that could never be solid. Then, in likening winter to war, he describes natural weather and natural phenomenon in not only a unique way, but a very human way as well. Finally, he gives unusual notice of the small simple things and captures the uncertainty of them in his questioning of the bird. He sets mood through the use of sister words like 'biting, ' 'shivers, ' and 'dark' in the beginning, and unites this mood at the end of his work with the language such as 'tempest, ' 'pitiless, ' ans 'sore.' Through there traits, this poem teaches us a great deal about well-balanced poetry and truly genius work.
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