Oscar Wilde

(1854-1900 / Dublin / Ireland)

Symphony In Yellow

Poem by Oscar Wilde

An omnibus across the bridge
Crawls like a yellow butterfly,
And, here and there a passer-by
Shows like a little restless midge.

Big barges full of yellow hay
Are moored against the shadowy wharf,
And, like a yellow silken scarf,
The thick fog hangs along the quay.

The yellow leaves begin to fade
And flutter from the temple elms,
And at my feet the pale green Thames
Lies like a rod of rippled jade.

Topic(s) of this poem: yellow


Comments about Symphony In Yellow by Oscar Wilde

  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (8/14/2019 1:36:00 PM)

    Yellow becomes a character in Oscar's ode to life.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/14/2019 12:01:00 PM)

    the great Oscar Wilde whose poems we studied in literature classes. love his poems. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/14/2019 10:08:00 AM)

    A beautiful melody, rich in rhyme and rhythm about the symphony in yellow presented by nature and surroundings making it well deserved modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/14/2019 4:06:00 AM)

    The yellow leaves begin to fade
    And flutter from the temple elms,
    And at my feet the pale green Thames
    Lies like a rod of rippled jade...........//// beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (8/14/2019 12:49:00 AM)

    I love the first two verses of the poem. And they are indicative that the omnibus is going slowly or not so fast. So, more so for better viewing.
    An splendid poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (8/14/2019 12:44:00 AM)

    All I can say is: no need to paint peacock's eggs.(Report)Reply

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  • Chloe Ray (1/21/2019 12:59:00 PM)

    Great stuff 👍
    True meaning! !(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/14/2018 10:45:00 PM)

    Loved the title of the poem, as well as the depiction of the scenery.
    The crawling of the omnibus across the bridge like a butterfly as against a lone passer by that showed like a 'midge' is an excellent depiction. The picture appears vivid.
    The thick fog hanging along the quay like a 'yellow silken scarf' is also another classic imagery.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (8/14/2018 12:04:00 PM)

    So nice. Quietly flows the lines. Enjoyed rhyming.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/14/2018 7:00:00 AM)

    A well composed rhyming poem, good constructed, most honorable deserved as Modern poem Of The Day. Congratulations to OW´s family. At his time the Thames was pale green, does this mean that the Thames was still a dirty river with green alges? Nowadays the water is light blue when the sky is light blue and darkest blue when it is going to rain. A good poem of OW´s time. Myriad of 10´s for this excellent read.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/14/2018 6:18:00 AM)

    Moored against! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (8/14/2018 4:02:00 AM)

    The yellow silken scarf hangs about the quay has a sense of T.S. Eliot's image of the fog(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/14/2018 3:12:00 AM)

    Oh Yellow! Faded glory! Jaundiced color! ……crawling to rippling jade!(Report)Reply

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  • Unnone (5/13/2018 12:27:00 PM)

    Love the senery just perfect to sit and drink tea with a partner in the quiet(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (8/14/2017 11:25:00 PM)

    This kind of a nature's perfect landscape is very rare. So pleasing and fascinating. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (8/14/2017 3:58:00 PM)

    I like how he painted his scenery- - the images of the bus and people and barge and wharf and fog and leaves weave together a Symphony In Yellow(Report)Reply

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  • Osazee DankaroOsazee Dankaro (8/14/2017 9:54:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem from Oscar Wilde.(Report)Reply

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  • Rahman HenryRahman Henry (8/14/2017 9:50:00 AM)

    Perfectly an Oscarian poem. I like and enjoy it.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (8/14/2017 7:01:00 AM)

    A great poem full of colors. Enjoyed. Thanks for posting.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/14/2017 3:29:00 AM)

    It is a beautiful poem on colour with nice paint. Thrilling expression. Thanks and congratulation to his soul for the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 3, 2015


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