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Four Ducks on a Pond
William Allingham


Four ducks on a pond,
A grass-bank beyond,
A blue sky of spring,
White clouds on the wing;
What a little thing
To remember for years-
To remember with tears!

This poem is in the public domain.



William Allingham (1824-1889) was an Irish poet whose work was best known for its lyrical phrasing, simplicity, and charm. Author of nearly a dozen books, he was a customs house official for most of his life, although he did obtain a position as a magazine editor late in life. William was a friend and fan of Alfred Lord Tennyson, as well the Brownings and Rosettis. William's work was respected and one poem in particular, "The Fairies," is widely known, but many critics feel this poet merits greater attention and recognition.


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Yes I was quoting this to my grandson and decided to look it up to find out the author. Simple imagery that does exactly what he says, a memory for years.
Posted 08/15/2022 05:43 PM
I read this as a child and have never forgotten it. I still remember all the words sixty years on.
Posted 06/29/2021 07:43 AM
Terse and meaningful
Posted 05/16/2015 07:43 PM
transitions: it.
Posted 05/16/2015 01:38 PM
Just great! Love this!
Posted 05/16/2015 09:24 AM
Beautiful in its simplicity.
Posted 05/16/2015 07:05 AM
Delightful and it made me smile
Posted 05/16/2015 05:59 AM
Ross Kightly:
An extraordinary, almost Zen, quality not usually associated with the time!
Posted 05/16/2015 01:58 AM
Indeed, the concision creates a timeless simplicity.
Posted 05/16/2015 01:00 AM
Lovely little poem in its simplicity.
Posted 05/15/2015 11:20 PM

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