Saturday, November 4, 2017

THE FLOWER BY ALFRED LORD TENNYSON



Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower
The people said, a weed.




To and fro they went
Thro' my garden bower,
And muttering discontent
Cursed me and my flower.




Then it grew so tall
It wore a crown of light,
But thieves from o'er the wall
Stole the seed by night.




Sow'd it far and wide
By every town and tower,
Till all the people cried,
'Splendid is the flower!'



Read my little fable;
He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
For all have got the seed.




And some are pretty enough,
And some are poor indeed,
And now again the people
Call it but a weed.




The Flower by Alfred Lord Tennyson






46 comments:

  1. I love the poem, I have not heard it before. And also your beautiful flower photos! I recognize spider flowers(Cleome)and cone flowers. My favorites are the deep, rich red flower with the bee on it. And the blue flower with the bumble bee.

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    1. Happy you like them Ginny. I am trying to ID the others I don’t recognize but it is slow going. I see similar but not quite the same. Happy Sunday to you.

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    1. thank you EC, weeds are only wildflowers as they say :)

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  3. I've always liked this poem, Denise. Thanks for airing it again. I also love weeds, those in my garden are not unwanted or unloved because they bring joy to the heart.

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    1. It's a beautiful poem isn't it Valerie? You are very welcome and I'm very happy you welcome them into your garden. Joy indeed :)

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  4. It's a long time since I read Tennyson, so thanks for this excerpt.

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    1. Thank you Francisco, and a nice weekend ot you also.

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  6. I have never heard this poem and I LOVE IT!!! truly love it... I read it out loud to myself. that purple flower with the bee is amazing. I am a lover of weeds

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    1. Thank you Sandra, so glad. I love those weeds too.

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  7. Tennyson describes the characteristics and beauty of flowers. But he also brings up a question : what is a weed?

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    1. What is a weed? A weed is a wildflower in my book. Not welcome if you are a gardener with a green thumb? I don't think dandelions are very welcome in a manicured garden, but how lovely they look spread across an open field, out in the country somewhere.

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  8. i love the flowers, a beautiful verse as well!!

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  9. Beautiful poem enhanced by the gorgeous flowers.

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  10. A wonderful poem, I love it and your photos are amazing. Have a good Sunday Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane, I am a little late to wish you a happy Sunday, so will wish you a great week coming.

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  11. Appropriate poetry, and beautiful flowers!

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  12. Hi Denise,
    Super images of some beautiful flowers with matching words, most enjoyable visit.
    All the best John

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    1. Thank you for saying so John :) All the best to you too.

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  13. Wonderful poem...it makes me think of bringing home thistle seed again. LOL

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    1. Thank you Rose and if you bring Home that thistle, I hope you take a photo :)

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  14. I didn't know this one, I enjoyed it so. Thank you for this gift of beauty!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia and you are very welcome.

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  15. Not sure if my previous reply got through so I will try again. I love the poem and Tennyson. He loved nature, didn't he?

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    1. Sorry Valerie, I'm a little late moderating and publishing this week. So glad you liked the poem and yes he certainly did love nature.

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  16. I love poetry and this is beautiful with your flowers. What a treat to read early this morning! Enjoy your day! Hugs

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    1. Thank you LD, I appreciate your sweet comment very much.

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  17. Denise, Tennyson’s poem and your flower photos complement each other. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Doug and you are very welcome.

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  18. So very beautiful Denise. I read your post on Sunday but my computer is playing up.
    Gorgeous photos to complement those lovely words.
    Have a very happy week :D) xx

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    1. Hi Sue, I hope your computer problems are now behind you. Thank you, always happy you enjoy my posts.

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  19. beautiful flowers... ah.... lovely bees will be very happy

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  20. Beautiful flowers and photos to illustrate the lovely poem.

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  21. A simply super post Denise.
    Love the words and love the pictures.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Happy you enjoyed it Jan, thank you :) All the best to you too.

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