Treasure Hunt

For my treasure, I chose the poem “The Rainy Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

This poem only has three stanzas. Even though it is a short poem it rings with the truth of life. In every word you feel the rhythm of the living words depicting age, sorrow and even redemption. Some might say that this poem is sad and depressing, however, in the last stanza it rings with the triumph of positivity.
“Be still, sad heart! And cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining”

This poem reminds me of the section in the Bible where it talks about there is a time to mourn and a time to be joyful. Like that passage in the Bible, this poem speaks of sorrow in life. The rhythm of the poem even plays into the weather in the way the words and the punctuations flow, giving the reader the impression of slowly dripping rain. This poem states the sorrows of life and the ending of storms. Storms always have an ending, but this poem gives permission to mourn and “weather” the hard times.

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