The Poplar Field Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


The poplars are felled farewell to the shadeA
And the whispering sound of the cool colonnadeA
The winds play no longer and sing in the leavesB
Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receivesB
Twelve years have elapsed since I first took a viewC
Of my favourite field and the bank where they grewC
And now in the grass behold they are laidA
And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shadeA
The blackbird has fled to another retreatD
Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heatD
And the scene where his melody charmed me beforeE
Resounds with his sweet flowing ditty no moreE
My fugitive years are all hasting awayF
And I must ere long lie as lowly as theyF
With a turf on my breast and a stone at my headG
Ere another such grove shall arise in its steadG
'Tis a sight to engage me if anything canH
To muse on the perishing pleasures of manH
Short lived as we are our enjoyments I seeI
Have a still shorter date and die sooner than weI

William Cowper


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