William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

To Winter - Poem by William Blake

O Winter! bar thine adamantine doors:
The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark
Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs,
Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.'
He hears me not, but o'er the yawning deep
Rides heavy; his storms are unchain'd, sheathèd
In ribbèd steel; I dare not lift mine eyes,
For he hath rear'd his sceptre o'er the world.

Lo! now the direful monster, whose 1000 skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o'er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and in his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.

He takes his seat upon the cliffs,--the mariner
Cries in vain. Poor little wretch, that deal'st
With storms!--till heaven smiles, and the monster
Is driv'n yelling to his caves beneath mount Hecla.


Comments about To Winter by William Blake

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/8/2016 10:33:00 PM)

    The narration of winter and it's dread is superb and realistic. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (2/8/2016 3:19:00 PM)

    No whimpering or simpering sweet nothings are whispered in his poem, William Blake sees winter as a strong unforgiving adversary. We must acknowledge the brute strength of the seasons- it's not all sparkling sunlike and pansies! - - - - -
    - - - - - Lo! now the direful monster, whose 1000 skin clings
    To his strong bones, strides o'er the groaning rocks:
    He withers all in silence, and in his hand
    Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life. (Report) Reply

  • Imani Walters Imani Walters (2/8/2016 12:06:00 PM)

    I like that! it's vary truthfull and it brings me back when I first met winter myself. It's makes me want to have that feeling about winter and just spread out my words to everybody.
    Good job! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (2/8/2016 12:03:00 PM)

    ..........a fabulous poem penned so nicely...winter is a charming season
    to enjoy a warm place with someone special ★ (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (2/8/2016 8:36:00 AM)

    What a nice and truthful poem about Winter's power by William Blake! (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/8/2016 3:37:00 AM)

    Short lived winter with global warming.....10 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/8/2016 12:51:00 AM)

    To respect nature! ! ! And to live in peace. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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