poet Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

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Within The Circuit Of This Plodding Life

Within the circuit of this plodding life
There enter moments of an azure hue,
Untarnished fair as is the violet
Or anemone, when the spring strews them
By some meandering rivulet, which make
The best philosophy untrue that aims
But to console man for his grievances
I have remembered when the winter came,
High in my chamber in the frosty nights,
When in the still light of the cheerful moon,
On every twig and rail and jutting spout,
The icy spears were adding to their length
Against the arrows of the coming sun,
How in the shimmering noon of summer past
Some unrecorded beam slanted across
The upland pastures where the Johnswort grew;
Or heard, amid the verdure of my mind,
The bee's long smothered hum, on the blue flag
Loitering amidst the mead; or busy rill,
Which now through all its course stands still and dumb
Its own memorial,—purling at its play
Along the slopes, and through the meadows next,
Until its youthful sound was hushed at last
In the staid current of the lowland stream;
Or seen the furrows shine but late upturned,
And where the fieldfare followed in the rear,
When all the fields around lay bound and hoar
Beneath a thick integument of snow.
So by God's cheap economy made rich
To go upon my winter's task again.

Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/22/2020 12:28:00 AM)

    When all the fields around lay bound and
    Beneath a thick integument of snow.
    So by God's cheap economy made rich
    To go upon my winter's task again......../// beautiful poem penned; superb poetic expression

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  • paul amrod (2/21/2020 3:07:00 PM)

    The genius if Henry David Thoreau is here very evident with his reverie of Nature at its purest.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/21/2020 10:22:00 AM)

    Very fine poem of the cheering moon, truth, thank u. tony

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/21/2020 8:45:00 AM)

    Cheering moon! !
    Azure hue!
    Clue of nature,
    Glue of the truth.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (2/21/2020 5:48:00 AM)

    Thoreau transferred his love for nature into his love for writing...beautiful poem

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  • Thomas W. Case (2/21/2020 5:45:00 AM)

    Thoreau transferred his love for nature into his love for witting...beautiful.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (2/21/2020 1:34:00 AM)

    Despite the ups and downs of life, by experience in the life of harmony with Nature which is inspiring and making one wise, Poet Henry David Thoreau has written this inspired Nature Poetry enjoying life even in adverse situation! Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem here!

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (8/7/2016 1:39:00 PM)

    Wow, he wrote beautiful phrases and verses as he meditated on the times in his life when natural events—the icicles of winter, the “shimmering noon” of summer, etc—renewed his spirit and enabled him to get through the “circuit” of his ordinary, “plodding life”.

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