The Skies can’t keep their secret!
They tell it to the Hills —
The Hills just tell the Orchards —
And they — the Daffodils!

A Bird — by chance — that goes that way —
Soft overhears the whole —
If I should bribe the little Bird —
Who knows but she would tell?

I think I won’t — however —
It’s finer — not to know —
If Summer were an Axiom —
What sorcery had Snow?

So keep your secret — Father!
I would not — if I could,
Know what the Sapphire Fellows, do,
In your new-fashioned world!

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3 Comments

  1. frumpo says:

    Nature is mysterious. I like it that way and won’t ruin it through Science (Axiom).

  2. sundas says:

    when i read this peom it took some time to analyse its deep meaning.the poem talks that the skies tell their secret in the form of rain,thunderstorm,light to the hills when it reaches to hill,they even can’t resist and tell it to Orchards and then to daffodils.everyone in this world have someone with whom he shares his thoughts.in the end emily says that keep your secrets,if i try to keep them i can’t hold of it.what do one know, that one who knows about your inner thoughts will keep them.you can’t have your trust on anyone because the world is so mean.

  3. Jen says:

    this poem is basically relating to life on how people spread rumors. Notice how emily starts off her poem by the sky, which is ongoing. The skies tell the hills, the hills tell the orchards, and they the daffodils. then a bird over hears it. This is how rumors start as well. the theme is life is like a pattern moving all the time. The poem is also like maze. it starts at one point (which is the original source or person) and it ends once the rumor stops or it is formed into a new story and changed. Emily uses consonance, personification, rhyme, caesura, 4 verses in each stanza and there are four stanzas. I did research on this poem for my english 12 final and i found it very interesting. It has many different ways to relate it to real life, to a book, or to the media.

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