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The Poplar Field Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Cowper Type: Poetry Views: 655

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The poplars are felled, farewell to the shade

And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade:

The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves,

Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives.Twelve years have elapsed since I first took a view

Of my favourite field, and the bank where they grew,

And now in the grass behold they are laid,

And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shade.The blackbird has fled to another retreat

Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heat;

And the scene where his melody charmed me before

Resounds with his sweet-flowing ditty no more.My fugitive years are all hasting away,

And I must ere long lie as lowly as they,

With a turf on my breast and a stone at my head,

Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.'Tis a sight to engage me, if anything can,

To muse on the perishing pleasures of man;

Short-lived as we are, our enjoyments, I see,

Have a still shorter date, and die sooner than we.


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I belive this is a poem about the short lived pleasures of man, and how all happiness must come to an end. The final two lines of the original poem are:
"Though his life be a dream, his enjoyments, I see,
Have a being less durable even than he"
It speaks of how enjoyments are even less durable than fragile life itself.

My one question for this poem, though, is is the person narrating dead? "With a turf on my breast...stone at my head" would suggest this. Anyways, I like this poem.

| Posted on 2005-05-15 | by Approved Guest

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