from The Kitten and Falling Leaves. William Wordsworth – 1803.


from The Kitten and Falling Leaves

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See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall, 
Withered leaves - one - two - and three, from the lofty elder-tree!
Through the calm and frosty air, of this morning bright and fair . . . 

But the kitten, how she starts; 
Crouches, stretches, paws, and darts! 
First at one, and then its fellow, just as light and just as yellow; 
There are many now - now one - now they stop and there are none; 

What intenseness of desire, in her upward eye of fire! 
With a tiger-leap half way, now she meets the coming prey, 
Lets it go as fast, and then, has it in her power again: 
Now she works with three or four, like an Indian Conjuror; 
Quick as he in feats of art, far beyond in joy of heart.

Poet's Corner

Like so many, my first contact with poetry was at school. In my teens I tried my hand at poetry and found that I rather enjoyed it. As a musician, poetry enabled me to write songs - really cool to be a teenager and strumming out your own songs (badly in my case) on the guitar. I decided to build this site alongside a corresponding YouTube channel (Poets' Corner) and include both a narrated version of each poem along with the printed version. Having always loved (and many times visited) The Lake District in northwest England it seemed only right to start with Wiliam Wordsworth and, once I've created a significant body of his work, I'll start working on other poets.

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