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Poem by William Wordsworth


On Revisiting Dunolly Castle


THE CAPTIVE bird was gone;to cliff or moor
Perchance had flown, delivered by the storm;
Or he had pined, and sunk to feed the worm:
Him found we not; but, climbing a tall tower,
There saw, impaved with rude fidelity
Of art mosaic, in a roofless floor,
An eagle with stretched wings, but beamless eye,
An eagle that could neither wail nor soar.
Effigy of the vanished, (shall I dare
To call thee so?) or symbol of fierce deeds
And of the towering courage which past times
Rejoiced in, take, whateer thou be, a share,
Not undeserved, of the memorial rhymes
That animate my way whereer it leads!



William Wordsworth

Poem Theme: Castles

William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. For the Spot Where the Hermitage Stood on St. Herberts Island, Derwent Water
  2. The Brownie
  3. The Wishing-gate
  4. Suggested at Tyndrum in a Storm
  5. Tynwald Hill


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