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Analysis and comments on The Wild Honey-Suckle by Philip Freneau

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Comment 7 of 27, added on December 18th, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

While attending college in Michigan in the 1960's, I sometimes listened to
a gifted radio host who read poetry aloud around the noon hour to the
accompaniment of soothing background music. One day I heard what seemed to
be an incredibly poignant verse comparing one's existence to that of a
flower. In haste I committed the last four lines to memory. I had it a bit
off, but close. For one, this "memory edition" began "From morning dews to
evening dusks..." I went on to teach English for 27 years but never
encountered the lines again until today when I did a web search and came
across the entire poem. The final verse to me is very comforting to those
of us with little religious faith. It says simply, that death is like the
time before birth. It is a non-existence that is not to be feared. Anyway I
am happy that after nearly 50 years, the puzzle of where these lines
originated has been solved and that I now have the entire poem within my
hands.

Jim
Comment 6 of 27, added on October 8th, 2008 at 4:32 AM.

i love this poetry.
And I think it is very beautiful.
It gives people who read it a lot of images.

junana from China
Comment 5 of 27, added on June 22nd, 2008 at 3:36 PM.

Freneau describe the beauty of the flower very charmingly and sweetly. But
at the sametime, I can feel sorrow and loneliness of itself. And show the
stern or hard realities of life and describe sensible way representing
flower as real life.

Roh Suhyeun from Philippines
Comment 4 of 27, added on September 13th, 2007 at 12:14 PM.

so guys
this is rill good i mean for shizzle good.

IMMASHINE from Antigua and Barbuda
Comment 3 of 27, added on September 12th, 2007 at 7:37 AM.

this poem rocks if you dontt like it your crazy

cheynne from United States
Comment 2 of 27, added on November 7th, 2004 at 7:36 PM.

A flower may be the most beautiful and overlooked peice of nature. Cherrish
it while it lasts for by the change of each seaon it may dissapate only to
become a desire. Perhaps Freneau knew of a beauty that only nature could
describe, provoked by the insincerity of the british people.

Crystal from United States
Comment 1 of 27, added on September 8th, 2004 at 6:38 AM.

Philip Freneau,in this poem, was expressing his dream of a paradise in
nature, or rather, on the new continent of America. His dream was the
originality of the paradise on the earth,i.e, USA. The wild honey suckle is
something of freedom, tranquility,nature, and of no convention, no
suppression,no traditional or anything beyond the pure nature. This poem is
not only a mere desciption of nature, but something ideal in the poet's
construction of a real paradise of humanbeings. This paradise is of real
freedom, pure nature, total independence, grand beauty. As we know, Freneau
was against the British interference in the independence of the new land,
and was hoping to establish a real free country of the people on the new
Continent. So in my opinion, this poem was in fact the beautiful bode of a
paradise in nature(on the earth) ,in very brief and true words. This
paradise is independent without meeting any vicious interference, beautiful
without catering to any viewer,
tranquil but fearful of no hardships, wild in nature without any vulgar
provocation.

Wu Sen

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Poet: Philip Freneau
Poem: The Wild Honey-Suckle
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 2 2000


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