Poetry Friday: Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!!

Poetry Friday is hosted by  Renee at No Water River

It’s Charles Dickens’ birthday today.

I spent many a childhood hour, back in the days before YA existed, lost in the likes of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations.  Some of these books had lovely line illustrations and sketches to bring alive David, Pegotty, and Little Nell.   But Dickens’ language was rich enough so that I could imagine each character and all those settings vividly and losing myself in Dickens’ imagination was a favorite past time.  So, thank you Charles Dickens – and Happy 202nd. Birthday!

The Ivy Green

Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
That creepeth o’er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals, I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim:
And the mouldering dust that years have made
Is a merry meal for him.
      Creeping where no life is seen,
      A rare old plant is the Ivy green.
Fast he stealeth on, though he wears no wings,
And a staunch old heart has he.
How closely he twineth, how tight he clings,
To his friend the huge Oak Tree!
And slily he traileth along the ground,
And his leaves he gently waves,
As he joyously hugs and crawleth round
The rich mould of dead men’s graves.
      Creeping where grim death has been,
      A rare old plant is the Ivy green.
Whole ages have fled and their works decayed,
And nations have scattered been;
But the stout old Ivy shall never fade,
From its hale and hearty green.
The brave old plant, in its lonely days,
Shall fatten upon the past:
For the stateliest building man can raise,
Is the Ivy’s food at last.
      Creeping on, where time has been,
      A rare old plant is the Ivy green.
Charles Dickens

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5 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!!

  1. There’s something about cold winter days that makes one want to sit by the fire and read Dickens. Your post brought back happy memories of visiting Dickens’ home in London.

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