Louise Imogen Guiney

(1861 - 1920 / United States)

Irish Peasant Song - Poem by Louise Imogen Guiney

I try to knead and spin, but my life is low the while.
Oh, I long to be alone, and walk abroad a mile;
Yet if I walk alone, and think of naught at all,
Why from me that's young should the wild tears fall?

The shower-sodden earth, the earth-colored streams,
They breathe on me awake, and moan to me in dreams,
And yonder ivy fondling the broke castle-wall,
It pulls upon my heart till the wild tears fall.

The cabin-door looks down a furze-lighted hill,
And far as Leighlin Cross the fields are green and still;
But once I hear the blackbird in Leighlin hedges call,
The foolishness is on me, and the wild tears fall!


Comments about Irish Peasant Song by Louise Imogen Guiney

  • Baquee Billah Ahmed (9/20/2018 2:58:00 PM)


    Good poem... Thnks for sharing.......... (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/20/2018 7:45:00 AM)


    Emotionally powerful poem. Enjoyed the flow and rhyming too. thanks for sharing such a beautiful poem.
    'The shower-sodden earth, the earth-colored streams,
    They breathe on me awake, and moan to me in dreams,
    And yonder ivy fondling the broke castle-wall,
    It pulls upon my heart till the wild tears fall.'...is so nice.
    (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (9/20/2018 4:38:00 AM)


    The emotions so well portrayed by the rhythm and rhyme of this beautiful song/poem. (Report) Reply

  • Practicing Poetess (9/20/2018 2:24:00 AM)


    Only the Irish have that lilt down to an art & science.....
    They can take the most mundane or bleak of circumstances, and weave it into lovely, excellent poetry! Thank you, Ms. Guiney for this!
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/20/2018 2:11:00 AM)


    A sad poem nicely executed. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/20/2018 2:06:00 AM)


    oh!

    I hear the blackbird in Leighlin hedges call,
    The foolishness is on me, and the wild tears fall!

    /// falling sound everywhere!
    (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (9/20/2018 1:19:00 AM)


    Sad poem of the plight of the young poor who miss out on the joys of youth. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/20/2018 1:04:00 AM)


    Such a great poem by Louise Imogen Guiney....................... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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