Written in March
Have fun with the poem by trying this...
This poem is about the end of winter and excitement at the coming of spring. Think about what spring is like in the poem. Which words are full of hope and joy?
When you're reading a poem aloud try to slow down. This helps your listeners absorb all the words. Poets often tell you where they want you to slow down: it's all in the punctuation.
Experiment with this method of slowing down as you say the poem aloud again.
At each comma , pause for one second - say 'one thousand' silently as a rough guide to how long one second is.
At each colon : or semi-colon ; pause for two seconds - say 'one thousand, two thousand' silently.
At the full stops . and exclamation marks ! pause for three seconds - say silently 'one thousand, two thousand, three thousand'.
Where the end of a line has no punctuation keep the line flowing into the next one!
This will feel a bit odd at first but once you know where William Wordsworth is inviting you to pause, you can relax the timings and make it sound a bit more natural again!
To explore the poem a little differently, choose your favourite season and then imagine you are going for a walk in that season. Write about your walk describing the sights and sounds and smells of that season. Call it, ‘Lines Written in…’ (insert your chosen season).
The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter,
The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest
Are at work with the strongest;
The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!
Like an army defeated
The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill
On the top of the bare hill;
The Ploughboy is whooping–anon–anon:
There’s joy in the mountains;
There’s life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing,
Blue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone!