The Rainbow (My heart leaps up when I behold)

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began,
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.


William Wordsworth is the greatest romantic poet of English literature. He is the central figure of Romantic School of Poetry. He is known for his deep love for nature. In ‘The Rainbow’ the poet shows the everlasting influence of nature on him. He says that when he sees the rainbow in the sky, he feels immense pleasure. The poet connects his life with this natural phenomenon. The poet states that the rainbow was there when he was a child; it is there when he is young and the beautiful rainbow will be there in his old age too. The appearance of the rainbow always remains unchanged. The poet wishes to die if he does not feel pleasure to see the rainbow.


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