Skip navigation to main content

Featured Poem: Blackbird by John Drinkwater

Written by The Reader, 5th March 2018

This week we turn to English poet and dramatist John Drinkwater and his charming poem Blackbird.

While the Beast from the East has been putting us all through the ringer this past week, the unwelcome return of frosts and snow has been a surprising reminder of hidden beauties. We grow so familiar of our surroundings, be they urban, rural or suburban, but a blanket of snow can bring a perspective, and often a kinder one that usual.

Finding moments of magic in everyday surroundings, John Drinkwater's The Blackbird:

Blackbird

He comes on chosen evenings,
My blackbird bountiful, and sings
Over the garden of the town
Just at the hour the sun goes down.
His flight across the chimneys thick,
By some divine arithmetic,
Comes to his customary stack,
And couches there his plumage black,
And there he lifts his yellow bill,
Kindled against the sunset, till
These suburbs are like Dymock woods
Where music has her solitudes,
And while he mocks the winter's wrong
Rapt on his pinnacle of song,
Figured above our garden plots
Those are celestial chimney-pots.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Literature

Featured Poem: Regret by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

This week's Featured Poem is Regret by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks, chosen by The Reader's Learning and Quality Leader, Amanda Boston.…

Read more
Literature

Featured Poem: My Own Heart by Gerard Manley Hopkins

This week's Featured Poem is My Own Heart by Gerard Manley Hopkins, chosen by The Reader's Learning and Quality Leader,…

Read more
Dazzle Gradually - an anthology for National Poetry Day 2019
Literature

Get Dazzle Gradually, an anthology celebrating 25 years of National Poetry Day, 3 October 2019

It's 25 years since Forward Arts Foundation first set out to make sure we remember poetry is important - and…

Contact us

Get in touch and be part of the story
You can also speak to us on: 0151 729 2200
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.