“Influence of Natural Objects”
by: William Wordsworth
Good short poem for reading aloud. Note especially the brief description phrases which intensify the vividness of a picture.
Consider this passage in which he is describing how he and a friend enjoyed ice-skating when he was a child.
Clear and loud
The village clock tolled six - I wheeled about,
Proud and exulting like an untired horse
That cares not for his home. All shod with steel
He hissed along the polished ice, in games
Confederate, imitative of the chase
And wetland pleasures, – the resounding horn,
The pack loud-chiming, and the hunted hare.
So through the darkness and the cold we flew,
And not a voice was idle: with the din
Smitten, the precipices rang loud;
The leafless trees, and every icy crag
Tinkled like iron; while far-distant hills
Into the tumult sent an alien sound
Of melancholy, not unnoticed, while the stars,
Eastward, were sparkling clear, and in the west
The orange sky of evening died away.
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