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  • Poem

    Men say they know many things;
    But lo! they have taken wings—
    The arts and sciences,
    And a thousand appliances;
    The wind that blows
    Is all that any body knows.

    ~ Henry David Thoreau

    (in context)

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The Wrinkles of Age

Posted by Matthew on March 14, 2007

As you have seen, I have moved on from the AP English reading list. That is because it was becoming difficult to find the poems online & on a reputable page, not because I didn’t like them. That said, today, I went back to the tried & true Poetry Tool to find the source of the lyrics to that famous tune. It is a simple little thing, this poem, and perfectly suited for nursery rhyme.

My thought is that its seemingly eternal popularity owes itself at least in part to the ease of its rhyme and simplicity of subject. Perhaps such would be a good lead for contemporary poets to follow, and perhaps not. Robert Frost seemed to have a decent grasp on how to craft poems of depth that had an air of simplicity about them, as well as a softness on the ear that lent the rhymes to memory in a very natural and easy way.

It is interesting to note that Wikipedia seems to disagree with The Poetry Foundation as to the true author of The Star, attributing authorship to Ann‘s sister, Jane. The W does mention on both pages, however, that

The sisters, and their authorship of various works, have often been confused, in part because their early works were published together.

Poem: The Star, by Ann Taylor (I’m sticking with The Poetry Foundation on this one)
Thoreau: March 14, 1860


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