William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Spring And Winter - Poem by William Shakespeare

WHEN daisies pied and violets blue,
   And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
   Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
   Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo! - O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
   And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
   And maidens bleach their summer smocks
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
   Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo! - O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!


Comments about Spring And Winter by William Shakespeare

  • (3/12/2016 10:15:00 PM)


    Mind blowing narration of manifestation of nature during spring and winter with confluence of amazing imagery that creates humor, side by side, chiding married men. A great poem of a great poet. (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/12/2016 9:52:00 PM)


    Fabulous Poem that portrays Cuckoo birds sitting on every tree mocking at the married men! ! What an imagery!
    The daisies and the violet blues are delightful!
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  • Rajnish Manga (3/12/2016 9:47:00 PM)


    Amazing portrayal of nature in full bloom with a philosophy of having fun with no responsibility which makes fun of married men who carry out their responsibilities all through through their lives. Great poem from a great poet. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2016 7:02:00 PM)


    Cuckoo, cuckoo - O word of fear,
    on every walkway of heart's pier,
    plasticized earthen cold attire,
    unpleasing to the adult ears,
    enlarged and shiny fruit baskets,
    in every hand held humble monitors,
    fallen warriors and dysfunction of calibers,
    Cuckoo, cuckoo! O word of fear,
    unpleasing to a mating ear.
    WS, the great poet, Thank you..
    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (3/12/2016 3:25:00 PM)


    It was cleansing to the palette to read this after reading my lesser efforts posted here. Reading his verses is like attending a seminar on how to pen poetry. It was like a drink of cool, clean, crisp spring water- I cannot do rhyme nor rhythm even in a hundred thousand mile radius of his work but he gives me the example, . I tried a sonnet once- -yikes, that is so difficult but read one of his and its like drawing satin across your skin. (Report) Reply

  • Atu-wonders Osim (3/12/2016 1:49:00 PM)


    Cuckoo signifies a damsel and the ears rather substitutes for a married man's sight - every married man fidgets whenever he catches sight of a damsel. He strives so hard to be faithful but often falls, hence the cuckoo/damsel constantly remains the source of fear for the married man. what a poem indeed! (Report) Reply

    Stephen W (3/12/2016 9:20:00 PM)

    look up 'cuckold'...

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/12/2016 12:37:00 PM)


    Upleasing to a married ear! Great work. (Report) Reply

  • Syed Sarwar Hussain (3/12/2016 5:03:00 AM)


    a poem bursting with life and colour, but beyond all this beauty is the cuckoo that is so artfully drawn to pose a threat to married men because of its nature of laying eggs in other bird's nest. Frailty, beware of it! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (3/12/2016 3:03:00 AM)


    Cuckoo is free bird sans the burden of married men! Shakespeare's joyful expression of Cuckoo song like poem is a wonderful one to read when in easeful mood! (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (3/12/2016 1:09:00 AM)


    Delightful. So mischievous! (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/12/2016 12:49:00 AM)


    Poetry at its best. Simply awesome. (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2015 5:07:00 AM)


    why is the cuckoo Unpleasing to a married ear (Report) Reply

    Stephen W (3/12/2016 9:18:00 PM)

    look up 'cuckold'.

    Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (3/12/2016 1:10:00 AM)

    I believe it is because the cuckoo sneaks into another's nest,

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:28:00 PM)


    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • (10/18/2012 11:33:00 PM)


    a sense of humor and a nice poem.. :) (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2010 4:25:00 AM)


    fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine fine (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 5, 2015


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