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aaknopf:

As we’re celebrating the publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in its Second Edition this year, we offer birders (and readers) a pair of poems on the subject of our feathered friends, from two of our great English poets.

Three Things to Remember   A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a rage.   A skylark wounded on the wing Doth make a cherub cease to sing.   He who shall hurt the little wren Shall never be beloved by men.
— William Blake  Bird-Language   Trying to understand the words         Uttered on all sides by birds, I recognize in what I hear         Noises that betoken fear.   Though some of them, I’m certain, must         Stand for rage, bravado, lust, All other notes that birds employ         Sounds like synonyms for joy.
— W. H. Auden

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aaknopf:

As we’re celebrating the publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in its Second Edition this year, we offer birders (and readers) a pair of poems on the subject of our feathered friends, from two of our great English poets.

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Three Things to Remember
 
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a rage.
 
A skylark wounded on the wing
Doth make a cherub cease to sing.
 
He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.

— William Blake
 
Bird-Language
 
Trying to understand the words
        Uttered on all sides by birds,
I recognize in what I hear
        Noises that betoken fear.
 
Though some of them, I’m certain, must
        Stand for rage, bravado, lust,
All other notes that birds employ
        Sounds like synonyms for joy.

W. H. Auden


To share the poem-a-day experience, pass along this link »

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