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The Kitten and Falling Leaves
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William Wordsworth


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(an excerpt)
 
That way look, my Infant, lo!
What a pretty baby-show!
See the Kitten on the wall,
Sporting with the leaves that fall,
Withered leaves—one—two—and three—
From the lofty elder-tree!
Through the calm and frosty air
Of this morning bright and fair,
Eddying round and round they sink
Softly, slowly: one might think,                           
From the motions that are made,
Every little leaf conveyed
Sylph or Faery hither tending,—
To this lower world descending,
Each invisible and mute,
In his wavering parachute.
—But the Kitten, how she starts,
Crouches, stretches, paws, and darts!
First at one, and then its fellow
Just as light and just as yellow;                          
There are many now—now one—
Now they stop and there are none.
What intenseness of desire
In her upward eye of fire!
With a tiger-leap half-way
Now she meets the coming prey,
Lets it go as fast, and then
Has it in her power again:
Now she works with three or four,
like an Indian conjurer;
Quick as he in feats of art,
far beyond in joy of heart.
 
 
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William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850) was a British Romantic poet. Though he suffered much tragedy in his personal life, he also enjoyed several deeply satisfying friendships, including ones with fellow poet Samuel Coleridge, and with his sister Dorothy, a writer in her own right. Wordsworth traveled extensively and was deeply influenced by his love of nature; both passions are evident in many of his poems. He lived much of his life in England’s beautiful Lake District, and served as Poet Laureate of England from 1843 until his death.


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erinsnana:
I was not familiar with this poem, but I loved it! Great imagery..
Posted 10/19/2012 08:19 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
I love Wordsworth. His rhyming is very accurate and his meter is never misses or adds a beat. It is spot on. I can hear children reciting this poem and enjoying it as well.
Posted 10/19/2012 07:50 AM
Wilda Morris:
I don't remember ever seeing this poem before. Thanks for sharing it!
Posted 10/19/2012 07:49 AM


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