POEMS: “The Snow Storm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Snow Storm

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

Come see the north wind’s masonry.
Out of an unseen quarry evermore
Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white bastions with projected roof
Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he
For number or proportion. Mockingly,
On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;
A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn;
Fills up the farmer’s lane from wall to wall,
Maugre the farmer’s sighs; and, at the gate,
A tapering turret overtops the work.
And when his hours are numbered, and the world
Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,
Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art
To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,
Built in an age, the mad wind’s night-work,
The frolic architecture of the snow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 18031882

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazing imagery in his words. ❤️🦋🌀

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    1. Thank you dear Sheila, I felt the same way about his poetic creativity, who needs a television when you can have poetry, right? ❤

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      1. So true! We have not missed watching TV at all for the past year. 😉

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  2. LindaP says:

    Beautiful poem! I remember the days on the farm when it was snowy,we didn’t have to go anywhere and we would just watch the horses romping in the snow! Beautiful ,calming memories! Love and hugs,Linda.

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    1. Oh I can imagine the serenity of those quiet days covered in a white blanket of peace and beauty, when everything is quiet, and the animals rejoice in the fresh snow…so magical!


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