Monday, January 5, 2009

Poetry: Glory in the Flower


What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.

This is an excerpt from a very beautiful poem, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth. The whole poem can be read here, and I strongly suggest you do so if you're into poetry because it is breathtakingly beautiful. I have several collections of poems from different authors on pdf which you can get here. I was casually looking through them and I saw some poems my Dad used to read to us when we were young'uns and it brought back a flood of memories. Good times.

28 comments:

someone said...

Pretty!!

Nirvana said...
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Pandabonium said...

Thanks for this. Beautiful poem.

TWINSKAT31 said...

Not sure why this poem gets to me, but it is just very moving and deep. I heard part of it off of a criminal mind episode. And had to look it up. It is three days later and I am still fascinated by it. What do you think Wordsworth is trying to say?

Laritza Diaz said...

Hello Twinskat31, I just finished watching the same criminal mind episode and I could not stop myself from looking this beautiful poem up.

Mary Giglio said...

I found this from Criminal Minds too, and couldn't help but laugh at seeing others did, as well. I loved this poem, and can't stop reading it.

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christie jo said...

i believe that like youth , innocence , trust, love, that the stunning immense and bursting beauty of our initial memory, our passion for and of something, someone, something that we no longer have or that has been tarnished and withered is physically gone to us. in our minds we carry mem ories in our hearts faith and love. faith and love carry that glory there in those places forever . thus , we never loose the true glory of the the flower of the the splendor in the grass. it will always be with along with its painful physical end. we have the ability to choose how its remembered, with bursting energy, unbridled passion, or youthful glory, and the beholders vision of its beauty. or the decay of its death.

christie jo said...

sorry so wordy with my response. one of my loves is wordsorth another is auden...truly lovely that they utilize these quotes and poetry to balance the horrors in this show. thank you for making me think and reminding me of of one my most enjoyed poems...

cass said...

Criminal minds brought me here too. Just finished watching it, although I've seen this episode before the poem stuck. I love the quotes they do but this one is hauntingly beautiful

raef khatib said...

smart minds think alike. criminal minds too. :)

Nancy Reinemann said...

Again criminal minds..how poetic in every aspect.

my mothers son said...

Saw the same show twice. I have an aging mother. She is 88. She is tired and wishes God would take her. I remember her strong, the mother of 4. Who by no help of her children raised them the best she cold when the love of her life was taken from her after a longbattle with lupus. This poem I would love to read to her. And is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read and I've written had one published and read from published as well as unknown authers. This poem means to me the cycle of life we all go through,and the final withering away when we shed this shell,and and finally become free to fly strong and be as those left behind to be remembered In our hearts and souls.

Melissa Bonner said...

Criminal minds!!!! How funny is that!!! Its a great poem. Truly beautiful! !!

VDLOML said...

You also write beautifully. I enjoyed and share your opinion. Though like you, I too am a sentimentalist.

Rachael Smith said...

I don't know if this makes sense or not, but I interpret this poem as a joy or light(child, person, metaphor, being, thing) that was affected by some tragedy(life, major event, something bad or life changing) and in recovering from this bad thing this "light" chooses to not grieve but to, as the poem states, "find strength in what remains behind..." and in finding this strength becomes wiser and, for obvious reasons, stronger; which is also stated in said poem, "out of human suffering...in the years that bring the philosophic mind" a.k.a. time to heal and so on... please someone let me know if this makes sense or not :)

Ayruvida said...

As before, so again. Criminal minds leads another here

MIRELIS De Leon said...

Criminal minds hotch & Reid favorites oh yeah poem was awesome lol

Michele Castillo said...

Omg I just watched that old episode and had to look up the poem as well. Absolutely beautiful. ..enough said

carlos roman said...

I just saw the episode of Criminal Minds. I feel like I understand what the poet means. The words are beautiful, the meaning is so deep. Awesome...I love it.

Tina Van Dyn Hoven said...

Like so many others, Criminal Minds brought me to look up this poem. I've never been one for poetry, mostly because I never took the time to read it and try to understand, but I heard this and fell in love with it. I think I'll be looking up more poetry in the future (:

Shen R said...

Criminal minds also brings me here. this bring me inner peace... cant stop reading it... this is definitely one to share... glory In the flower!

just me said...

I must also admit that "Criminal Minds" caused me to search for the complete value of these words.... I don't mean to be introspective, but the words deeply speak to me as I am in a time of great dificulty. Whenever these (painful)things enter one's life, there is a choice in how one will respond/react. I struggle with that choice daily. This poem simply melted deep into my soul, and I truly don't have words to describe the strength, and even comfort I found in this lovely use of words.

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Meg Sully said...

Ditto. I just had to hear the rest of the poem. Always looking for a new quote. This one will come in handy.

Nancy Fritz said...

Wow, I too just saw this old Criminal Mind rerun and had to look up the poem.

Andrea Martin said...

Like many others that have left comments I too saw this on "Criminal Minds." It struck a chord with me because just over a month ago I lost my husband. Somehow it made me feel better.

Melanie Jones said...

Just looked up the poem after watching criminal minds on UK TV, great words from WW. Always try to follow the poem or quotes after this programme , this is one of the best.