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I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
That grow for happy lovers.
I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
Against my sandy shallows.
I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I loiter round my cresses ;
And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
But I go on forever.
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions These stanzas are part of a longer | How does the repetition of "chatpoem called “The Brook.".
ter' influence the melody of the In this poem Tennyson personifies first line in the sixth stanza ? the brook. Why?
How does it affect the thought? In what lines do the words and the Find another place in the poem
rhythm suggest the sound of the where an expression is repeated. brook?
Was this done for the sake of the Which lines do this most success rhythm, or the thought, or for fully?
both? Point out words that seem to you Alliteration is the repetition of the
especially appropriate in giving same letter or sound at the bethe thought:
ginning of two or more words in Where in the poem do we find a close succession.
meaning for the following lines: Find lines in which alliteration is “Oh! of all the songs sung
used e. g. “sudden sally,'!"field No songs are so sweet
and fallow,' etc. What does As the songs with refrains
this add to the poem ? Which repeat and repeat.”'
Indicate the rhythm of the first four lines by placing them in these curves:
Words and Phrases for Discussion "coot and hern” (heron)
"shingly bars' weddying'' "bicker" "thorps”
“fallow" "babble” "fairy foreland"
“cresses" "brimming' "willow weed and mallow"
"sharps and trebles'' "grayling" "water-break”
"skimming swallows”. "covers' "brambly's
SONG OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE *
Out of the hills of Habersham,
Far from the hills of Habersham,
All down the hills of Habersham,
All through the valleys of Hall,
The laving laurel turned my tide, .* From "Poems of Sidney Lanier” ; copyright 1884, 1891, by Mary D.
Lanier ; published by Charles Scribner's Sons.
The ferns and the fondling grass said, “Stay,"
Here in the hills of Habersham,
High o'er the hills of Habersham,
Veiling the valleys of Hall,
Said : “Pass not so cold, these manifold
And oft in the hills of Habersham,
And oft in the valleys of Hall,
In the clefts of the hills of Habersham,
But oh! not the hills of Habersham,
And oh! not the valleys of Hall
Calls o’er the hills of Habersham,
HELPS TO STUDY
Biographical and Historical: The South has given us two most melodious singers, Poe and Lanier. When only nineteen Sidney Lanier en. listed in the Confederate army, and the close of the war found him broken in health, with little else in the world than a brave wife and a brave heart. When his health permitted he played the flute in an orchestra in Baltimore. The rhythm, the rhyme and the melodious words of his poetry all show him the passionate lover of music that he was. Among his prose writings, “The Boy's Froissart” and “The Boy's King Arthur'' are of especial interest to young readers.
Notes and Questions
Find the Chattahoochee river on What is the peculiarity of the
your map with its source in the eighth line of the first stanza ? “hills of Habersham” and its Find lines in the other stanzas course through the “valleys of which contain rhymes. Notice Hall."
the last word in each of these Compare this poem with Tenny. | lines. What two things have son's “The Brook.”
you found out? What is peculiar in the phrases: | Lanier believed that poetry is a "run the rapid," "flee from kind of music. Does the rhythm folly," "wilful waterweeds,” in this poem sustain this defini"loving laurel,'' etc.
tion? Find alliteration in other lines. Point out lines that are especially What is added to the poem by musical and pleasing. alliteration?
Habersham) Counties in northNotice the rhythm in the third line Hall 5 ern Georgia. of the first stanza.
Words and Phrases for Discussion
"laving laurel” “lordly main”
"veiling the valleys”.
, THE CATARACT OF LODORE
“How does the water
Come down at Lodore ?”
Thus, once on a time;
To tell him in rhyme.
And then came another,
The request of their brother,
As many a time
So I told them in rhyme-
That so I should sing;
To them and the king.
From its sources, which well
From its fountains
In the mountains,
It runs and it creeps
For a while, till it sleeps