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101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night)
Getting Out Of Bed
Getting out of bed can be the worst part of the whole day. There are mornings when the slightly stale embrace of the duvet seems irresistible -- it's not just a reaction to modern life, the eleventh-century Chinese poet Shao Yung appears to have had the same problem. To remind you of the days when getting up was a joy -- the first morning of the summer holidays, for instance -- I have included the poems by Browning and Wordsworth. But if those reminders of the joys of living in the present aren't enough, then read the rather grimmer reasons to get the day going provided by Philip Larkin and Arnold Bennett. And if all else fails try the Kipling. Curiosity is the very best reason to get out of bed.
The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven --
All's right with the world!
Song on Being Too Lazy to Get Up
Half remembering, yet not remembering, just waked up from a dream;
almost sad, but not sad, a time when I'm feeling lazy,
hug the covers, lie on my side, not wanting to get up yet --
beyond the blinds, falling petals fly by in tangled flurries.
translated by Burton Watson
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 Wordsworth101 Poems to Get You Through the Day (and Night). Copyright © by Daisy Goodwin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.