Poem Fix of the Day. July 9th, 2011.

A lot of times people get caught up trying to decipher poems to the point that they overlook the sound of the poem.  Here’s a good example of a poem that’s written in part for the sound of the words rather than their meaning.  Also, try comparing this to William Blake’s A Poison Tree.

I longed to love a full-boughed beech

And be as high as he:

I stretched an arm within his reach,

And signalled unity.

But with his drip he forced a breach,

And tried to poison me.

–Thomas Hardy, from the poem The Ivy-Wife.


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