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A Poem's Nature

Updated on September 23, 2017

Wordsworth's Words

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” | Source

Poet's Influence

"...the passions of men are incorporated with the beautiful and permanent forms of nature." William Wordsworth - Preface to Lyrical Ballads

I rediscovered some poetry that I had written and had long forgotten. As I began to rework them to add to my blogs, I pondered where I had gotten my inspiration for my poetic efforts. I had brushes and scrapes with poetry in grade school and high school. I took a few poetry courses in college.

I enjoy reading the poetry of William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.

Percy Bysshe Shelley is one of the major English Romantic poets that has had an influenced my poetry writing.

John Greenleaf Whittier and E. E. Cummings are among the many other poets that inspire me.

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth | Source

Wordsworth - Oil On Canvas

Painting by Benjamin Robert Haydon ~ 1842
Painting by Benjamin Robert Haydon ~ 1842 | Source

William Wordsworth and Romantic Influence

William Wordsworth and the philosophy of Romanticism has inspired the use of Nature in my poems.

Romanticism (or the Romantic era/Period) was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. wikipedia

Aspects of Romanticism included imagination, nature, symbolism and myths, emotions, lyric poetry and ideas about the self.

Wordsworth's poem, The Prelude, describes, how as a child, he ran and played. Nature made a lasting impression in his memory and is clear in his poetry. He developed a strong philosophy about the role of nature and the interaction between man and Nature.

Wordsworth's influence and natural philosophy stir my thoughts and emotions as I write poetry.


Periwinkle in a grove.
Periwinkle in a grove. | Source

Wordsworth's Poem: Lines Written in Early Spring

Wordsworth's Poetical Works
Vol. 1 William Knight (ed.) 1896

Lines written in Early Spring

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

Mountain Lake

A cool, mountain lake
A cool, mountain lake | Source

Nature and My Poetry

A child of the city, I rarely strayed into nature. As I grew older I have had opportunities to explore the greater world and God's gift of nature.

Nature's grandeur moves me.

Several summers were spent working as a camp counselor in pine forests. I took a trip to the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I've taken many trips to the foaming seaside. In cool, mountain lakes and warm, rural streams I have luxuriated. All have inspired me with nature's sublime and awesome beauty.

Green Lake Mountain

Mare and Foal

Mare and Foal
Mare and Foal | Source

Gentle Slumber

This poem captures a snapshot of a common scene on any farm. Warmth, security, closeness are themes that we can identify with as we watch the two animals for a brief moment in time.

A mare’s

gentle muzzle


the side

of a wobbly-legged foal;

mother reminds daughter:

I’m here.

The foal


with her warm snout,

suckles the security

of mother's breast.

A silent sigh

passes over

the contented foal,

as the pair,

nestle tight

against the early morning chill.

The mare’s gentle muzzle


on the foal’s back.



to slumber,

to sleep,

to silence.

© 2013 ajwrites57
A Long

Rosy-Fingers of Dawn

Rosy-Fingers of Dawn
Rosy-Fingers of Dawn | Source

Rosy Fingers

I, too, have seen,

the rosy-fingers,

of dawn.

I, too,

have seen the rosy-fingers

of dawn, draw back

the gray blanket of night.

I, too, have seen the

Rosy-fingers of dawn

drawing back gray night.

I, too,

have seen

the rosy-fingers of dawn. End

© 2013 ajwrites57
A Long

I've tried different poetic ways to comment on the first rays of dawn. A characteristic of the ancient Greek poet, Homer, is the use of epithets (descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned), as in "rosy-fingered" dawn (used in The Odyssey by Homer).

A Leaf a Fallin'

Falling Leaf
Falling Leaf | Source

A Leaf a Fallin’

I saw a leaf a fallin’,

A fallin’ to the ground.

I saw a cloud a blowin’,

a blowin’ all around.

I felt the grass a growin’,

A growin’ in the ground.

I heard some kids singin’,

Singin’ in a round.end

This poem is a snapshot of a late summer day.

Grass still growing and Nature beginning her change of season.

© 2013 ajwrites57
A Long

Have you ever read William Wordsworth's Poetry?

Have you ever read William Wordsworth's Poetry?

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Percy Bysshe Shelley a Major English Romantic Poet

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley | Source

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    • ajwrites57 profile imageAUTHOR

      AJ Long 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for reading Joy56!


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      5 years ago

      Loving your work

    • ajwrites57 profile imageAUTHOR

      AJ Long 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Gypsy Rose Lee, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the poems. Appreciate the kind comments and share. Yes, enjoy Wordsworth and the Romantic poets! :o)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful poetry. Have enjoyed reading Wordsworth poems. Passing this on.

    • ajwrites57 profile imageAUTHOR

      AJ Long 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      khmazz thanks so much for your kind words--much appreciated and humbling! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      7 years ago from South Florida

      Wonderfully written, yet again I am blwon away! I love your writing style!

    • ajwrites57 profile imageAUTHOR

      AJ Long 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      whonunuwho thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, that phrase rings in my head when I see a red sunrise! Our early poets, like Wordsworth, need to be remembered! Thanks again! :o)

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      7 years ago from United States

      I remember the words,"the rosy fingers of dawn" quoted in a book I once read as a teenager. It is truly a welcoming of the dawn and the sun's early light. Nice poems and article about the early poets of our time. whonu


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