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Song: "Blow, blow, thou winter wind"

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Transcript of Song: "Blow, blow, thou winter wind"

Song: "Blow, blow, thou winter wind"
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite no nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly."
By: William Shakespeare
About the Poem
Literary Devices
Song from the play "As You Like It"
Sung by Amiens
Type of Poem
Overall Meaning
Compares the harsh winter wind with human society
People are rude and ungrateful, but you should still try and enjoy life as much as you can
It is a lyrical poem
From Act 2 Scene 7 of "As You Like It"
Modern English Translation
Blow, blow, winter wind.
You aren't as harsh
As man's ingratitude. Your teeth aren't as sharp,
As you are invisible,
Even though your breath is an assault.
Heigh-ho! Sing, heigh-ho! Sing to the green holly.
Most friendship is false, most love simply foolishness.
Then heigh-ho,to the holly.
This life is really jolly.
Freeze, freeze, you bitter sky,
Your bite isn't as painful
As when good deeds are forgotten.
Even though you can freeze water
Your sting is not as sharp
As the friend who is forgotten.
Heigh-ho! Sing, heigh-ho! Sing to the green holly.
Most friend ship is false, most love simply foolishness.
Then heigh-ho, to the holly.
This life is really jolly.
Tone
The tone of this poem is neutral.
Apostrophe
Talks to wind and sky as if they were people
Usage of Thou and Thy
Similes
"Thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude;"
"That dost not bite so nigh as benefits forgot:"
"Thy sting is not so sharp as friend remembered not."
Onomatopoeia
The first line in both stanzas
"Blow, blow,"
"Freeze, freeze,"
Rhyme Scheme
A
A
B
C
C
B
D
D
D
D
E
E
F
G
G
F
D
D
D
D
William Shakespeare
THE END
Date of birth is unknown, but believed to be on, or around April 23, 1564.
Place of Birth: Stratford-upon-Avon
Married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582.
He was 18 and she was 26.
First child, Susanna, was born on May 26, 1583.
Two years later, they had twins, Hamnet and Judith.
Hamnet died of unknown causes at the age of 11.
He moved to London in the mid- to late 1580's
By 1597, 15 out of 37 of his plays were published.
In 1599, with some of his business partners, they built their own theater, The Globe.
Believed he died on April 23, 1616, however church records show he was interred on April 5, 1616.
How the Poem Relates
Actors and play writes were treated as second class citizens.
Were treated really badly by upper class.
They had to deal with a lot of bad and make the best of it because it wasn't going to get better.
Alliteration
Assonance
"Friendship is feigning"
"Though Thou"
"Waters warp"
"Though Thou"
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