A thrush, because I’d been wrong,
Burst rightly into song
In a world not vague, not lonely,
Not governed by me only.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Richard Wilbur's poem Having Misidentified A Wildflower


  1. Michelle says:

    I believe this means that if a kind of flower which is unknown doesn’t it is something worthless. It is a unique and only flower, which may seem like nothing at first but become something great and surprise you. This is the same with a foreign person; even though she is different she is not a worthless person but a unique one.

  2. Colin Osborn says:

    I stumbled accross this on a beautiful May day.
    It sums up with a smile the joys of a country walk with the children.

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