The Reverie of Poor Susan: Poetry - Summary

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At the cornor of Wood Street, when day light appears,
Hangs a Thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years;
Poor Susan has passed by the spot, and has heard
In the silence of morning the song of the Bird,
’T is a note of enchantment; what ails her? She sees
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees;
Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide,
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.
Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale,
Down which she so often has tripped with her pail;
And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove’s
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves.
She looks, and her heart is in heaven: but they fade,
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade:
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,
And the colours have all passed away from her eyes!


      The poem The Reverie of Poor Susan, written in 1797, describe the day-dream of a poor girl Susan, who was forced to stay in London to earn her living, dreams of her single small cottage, a nest like a dove’s which she has left behind her. As she passes along Wood Street in London, she hears the song of a thrush hanging there. The song by a sort of pleasant association of ideas leads her on to a reverie in which she fancies she sees the mountain scenery of her home and the cottage where she used to live.

      The poem The Reverie of Poor Susan, shows that to Wordsworth London had no appeal as a town; to be able to write something on London. He must think of the great town in association with something rural, and he was the poet of London considered as a part of the country.

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