The Ivy Green Poem by Charles Dickens

The Ivy Green

Rating: 3.1

Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
That creepeth o'er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals, I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim:
And the mouldering dust that years have made
Is a merry meal for him.
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

Fast he stealeth on, though he wears no wings,
And a staunch old heart has he.
How closely he twineth, how tight he clings
To his friend the huge Oak Tree!
And slyly he traileth along the ground,
And his leaves he gently waves,
As he joyously hugs and crawleth round
The rich mould of dead men's graves.
Creeping where grim death hath been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

Whole ages have fled and their works decayed,
And nations have scattered been;
But the stout old Ivy shall never fade,
From its hale and hearty green.
The brave old plant, in its lonely days,
Shall fatten upon the past:
For the stateliest building man can raise
Is the Ivy's food at last.
Creeping on where time has been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

Susan Williams 03 December 2017

You can hear Charles Dickens the novelist in this poem- I love reading Dickens- he is such a sweet sentimentalist and doesn't mind going for the tears! Enjoyed reading this but I have to say that modern poetry is more my bag... but let's not tell Dickens.

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Alexander Julian 03 December 2017

Why cancel out the past? It can complement the moderns.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 03 December 2017

Such an interesting write by Charles Dickens??????

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 03 December 2017

a climbing vine or any of various other climbing or trailing plants having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves, small, yellowish flowers, and black berries, grown as an ornamental creeping on where time has beautifully scripted deserves worth reading.....thanks for sharing

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Lea- Beima Dorestin 03 December 2017

Nice poem! ! !

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Yezira 28 August 2020

Great and beautiful

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Prince 27 August 2018

Mast poem hai yar gajabmere project me bhi khoob kam ayyi thank you???????

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Buff Luigi 20 March 2018

That's how it be on this botch of an earth

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Rajnish Manga 03 December 2017

An immaculate philosophy of life comes to fore in the face of 'The Ivy Green'. Thanks.

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Rae Seagull 03 December 2017

Rather descriptive and rings true!

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