MY HEART LEAPS UPMY heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky:So was it when my life began, So is it now I am a man,So be it when I shall grow old Or let me die!The child is father of the man:And I could wish my days to beBound each to each by natural piety.
Paraphrase My heart jumps with joy at the sight of thebeautiful rainbow in the sky. In my childhood, Iused to feel the same way, and as an adult, Im stilla lover nature, who can still be moved by the samesight. I hope that I will continue to feel the sameway towards nature. Since the grown-up is theoutcome of his upbringing as a child and of hisexperiences as a young person, Im sure that mylove of nature as a child will make me a perpetuallover of nature. I hope all my days will beconnected by the same string: love of nature. ThemeLove of nature
THE EAGLE ALFRED TENNYSON THE EAGLEWILLIAM WORDSWORTH
Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
THE EAGLEHe clasps the crag with crooked hands;Close to the sun in lonely lands,Ringd with the azure world, he stands.The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;He watches from his mountain walls,And like a thunderbolt he falls.
Paraphrase The eagle is sitting on top of the mountainrocks, holding the rocks with his talons that look likecrooked hands. He is so high in the sky that heseems close to the sun, circled with the blue sky allaround him. From far above, the eagle sees the sea crawlingslowly. In contrast to the slow movement of thesea, the eagle falls to the ground very swiftly andpowerfully like a thunderbolt. Theme The poem is about power and freedom. Theeagle is an example of the two qualities.
THE EXAMPLE WILLIAM H. DAVIES
William H. Davies (1870-1940)
THE EXAMPLEHERES an example from A Butterfly;That on a rough, hard rockHappy can lie;Friendless and all aloneOn this unsweetened stone.Now let my bed be hard,No care take I;Ill make my joy like thisSmall Butterfly;Whose happy heart has powerTo make a stone a flower.
Paraphrase This is a great lesson that a small butterfly has taught me.That small insect can be happy although she lies on a rough rockall alone and without any friends. She is happy in spite of theharsh surroundings and the difficult circumstances she findsherself in. Like her, man too can be happy, regardless of the toughexternal conditions of his life. Happiness springs from the heart; itis not the result of outward circumstances. Like the butterfly thatcan turn the unfavourable conditions of her life to heradvantage, I too will be able to enjoy my life against all odds. Theme Happiness is the theme of this poem. According to thepoem, man makes his own happiness, which springs from hisheart, not from the circumstances of his life.
LANGSTON HUGHES“I have a dream that my four little childrenwill one day live in a nation where they willnot be judged by the color of their skin butby the content of their character.” Martin Luther king, 1963
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
DREAMSHold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged birdThat cannot fly.Hold fast to dreamsFor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow.
Paraphrase Stick to your dreams because if you lose them,life will be like a broken-winged bird that is unableto fly. If you let go of your goals and dont workhard to achieve them, your life will not becomplete. Stick to your dreams because if you lose them,life will be like a dead land where nothing grows.Life without dreams is a wasted life, equivalent todeath. Theme The importance of setting goals and workinghard to realize them.