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'The Brook' by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Here is a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which touched my heart. Please share your thoughts about this poem, and upload some of your favorite poems on Brilliant.
...................................................\(\large The Brook\).....................................................

I come from haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally

And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down a valley.

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By thirty hills I hurry down,

Or slip between the ridges,

By twenty thorpes, a little town,

And half a hundred bridges.

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Till last by Philip's farm I flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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I chatter over stony ways,

In little sharps and trebles,

I bubble into eddying bays,

I babble on the pebbles.

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With many a curve my banks I fret

By many a field and fallow,

And many a fairy fore-land set

With willow-weed and mallow.

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I chatter, chatter, as I flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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I wind about, and in and out,

With here a blossom sailing,

And here and there a lusty trout,

And here and there a grayling,

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And here and there a foamy flake

Upon me, as I travel

With many a silvery waterbreak

Above the golden gravel,

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And draw them all along, and flow

To join the brimming river

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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I steal by lawns and grassy plots,

I slide by hazel covers;

I move the sweet forget-me-nots

That grow for happy lovers.

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I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,

Among my skimming swallows;

I make the netted sunbeam dance

Against my sandy shallows.

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I murmur under moon and stars

In brambly wildernesses;

I linger by my shingly bars;

I loiter round my cresses;

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And out again I curve and flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I too love this poem you must be in 9th grade isn't it? Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Abhishek Singh yes Kavya Rawat · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Abhishek Singh Yes, I am Indeed! Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Satvik Golechha Now that when you go to 10th grade, I bet you'll love Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. ;) Kou$htav Chakrabarty · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Kou$htav Chakrabarty I too liked it. I just gave Class 10 board exam... Shabarish Ch · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Shabarish Ch How was it? I too gave it! Ameya Salankar · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Kou$htav Chakrabarty But the bad part in it is that we are only given two parts but the whole poem is in seven parts I too loved it .(Rime of the ancient Mariner) Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Abhishek Singh Well you might want to listen to Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7zk4as9kzA) ;) Kou$htav Chakrabarty · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Satvik Golechha Yes because this poem is included in the syllabus and I think your exam must be over by now . Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Abhishek Singh Just on left now! Abhishek, are you in class 11 or 12 (or between them) ? Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Satvik Golechha I'm about to enter 12th Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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The best pat is -"For men may come and men may go, But I go on for ever." Kou$htav Chakrabarty · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Kou$htav Chakrabarty Yes, is is the tagline of the poem. Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Satvik Golechha These are the most famous lines of of A.L.Tennyson Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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Do listen to Bob Dylan's "Blowing In The Wind".....Its a song, but we had it as a poem in 7th or 8th standard i think....Its amazing.... Tanya Gupta · 3 years, 2 months ago

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This poem is based on the journey of life... it is a metaphor and a beautiful explanation of hope, helping and kindness... Like the brook, our life also starts from small places and our journey begins with ups and downs... We help many people in our life like the brook and few appreciate us and few don't. In the end its all the same fate for everybody, We go join the ocean... (hope this helps) Swathi Nair · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Swathi Nair I remember all these words and the expression of my teacher !!!!!1 Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Swathi Nair Yep! That's exactly what my teacher taught me. Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 2 months ago

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My Personal Favourite was 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. Its a really inspiring and motivating poem

IF you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;

If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue

' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,

if neither* foes nor loving friends can hurt you,*

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son! Shikhar Jaiswal · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Shikhar Jaiswal Wow I love it Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Shikhar Jaiswal Were u in icse 10th standard????We had this poem... Tanya Gupta · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Tanya Gupta Yes...and i'm still in ISC Shikhar Jaiswal · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Shikhar Jaiswal Does ICSE also follow NCERT books ?? If no, can I find them online? Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Satvik Golechha no they don't follow NCERT books Shikhar Jaiswal · 3 years, 1 month ago

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@Satvik Golechha Well...I shifted to HSC....(no good ISC school close to my place) Satvik, While I was in ICSE , they didn't follow NCERT.....I am not sure about ISC... Tanya Gupta · 3 years, 1 month ago

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Try this one !

Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed--and gazed--but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

                   William Wordsworth
Abhishek Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Abhishek Singh We had this poem in the 9th standard!! Eddie The Head · 3 years, 2 months ago

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it is in grade 7, we r reading it, got a A- in the test,........... Aareyan Manzoor · 2 years, 6 months ago

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"For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever." is my favourite line. SAurav TYagi · 3 years, 2 months ago

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Guys, the reshare and like buttons are there to press!!! Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 2 months ago

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Brings back memories. Read it nearly 4 years ago. Thanks for posting Aman Jaiswal · 3 years, 2 months ago

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yes...have read this poem.We had this in 9th grade ! Anukriti Singh · 3 years, 2 months ago

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Nice one..........! Prasad Nikam · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Prasad Nikam Hi Prasad.......are you the famous actor of India.....I remember his face..... Satvik Golechha · 3 years, 2 months ago

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this is very nice lovely I like to sing this poem Drupath Krishna · 3 years, 2 months ago

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