Tuesday, June 1, 2021

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN…

“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.


It is not now as it hath been of yore;
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

But there’s a tree, of many, one,
A single field which I have look’d upon,
Both of them speak of something that is gone:

The pansy at my feet
Doth the same tale repeat:
Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream?”


~William Wordsworth ~

April 6th, 1843-April 23rd, 1850

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood


32 comments:

  1. What a wonderful poem. I love how you have illustrated it with beautiful photos. My favorite is this awesome first one of the wildflower field.

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    1. Thank you Ginny, so glad you enjoyed the photos and Wordsworth is a favorite of mine. I love his poetry.

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  2. Stunning photos - so perfect for Wordsworth ode.

    Happy Tuesday, Denise!

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    1. Thank you Veronica Lee and a Happy Tuesday to you also.

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    1. Thank you Sue :) it is a very poignant poem.

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    1. Muito obrigado :) um abraço e uma boa semana continuada.

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  5. Lovely poem and photos. I love the first meadow shot and the tree.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, and you take care and enjoy your day also :)

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  6. Beautiful photos to go with this wonderful poem Denise!

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  7. all of the photos fit perfectly with his words. you are the only one who has ever been able to make me read a poem. each time you post, i read..

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    1. Thank you for such a sweet comment Sandra. You have made my day :)

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  8. it is a lovely poem, although i had to read the 2nd paragraph twice to understand it!! your images are so pretty, the wildflowers and the pansy, wow!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, it takes a couple of reads :)

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  9. Beautiful poem, beautiful pictures!

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  10. I enjoyed reading the poem and seeing your photographs.
    Wishing you a happy June, where do the days and months go!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan and you have a happy June also :) Yes, where does all that time go, it just flies?

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  11. Denise, Wordsworth's genius shines in his poetry. I can imagine he and his sister Dorothy running wild as children. I love this poem and your accompanying beautiful photos!

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    1. Hi Martha Ellen, he is a fascinating man. I have always loved his poetry. Thank you :)

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  12. It has been many years since I read that. Well done.

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  13. Wordsworth is a favourite poet of mine. Thank you for the reminder to go back to my book shelf and read some of his poems again. Meanwhile thank you for this and the beautiful accompanying photo images no doubt taken on one of your walks.

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    1. Hello Linda, you are very welcome and thank you. Yes, the photos were taken on various walks but some time ago in several places.

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