The combination of solitude and virgin nature is alluring enough for a poet’s inspiration. Therefore literature lovers have often treated themselves with beautiful verses that bear such essence. Following are some of the nicest poems that have served poetic musings of wilderness and isolation.
- Daffodils, William Wordsworth
Wordsworth’s Daffodils is an account of a beautiful meadow of daffodil flowers beside a lake. This poem was inspired by a visit to one such spread of daffodils by Wordsworth himself. His poem glorifies the beauty of the daffodils while he creates a pleasant solitude for himself amidst his admiration. His joyful exhortations merge his presence with that of the daffodils’ meadow. The poem begins as:
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance….
- A Forest Hymn, William Cullen Bryant
A Forest Hymn is a reminder of Nature’s supremacy over man’s existence and addresses an important message of being respectful and indebted to Nature for whatever it has provided. Bryant words his hymn with reverence to Nature and asserts the need of immersing oneself in the Nature’s existence instead of seeking pride in human endeavours of imitating Nature. A powerful monologue with a poetic essence, Bryant recreates a vibrant feeling of wilderness. Some lines from the poem:
Father, thy hand
Hath reared these venerable columns, thou
Didst weave this verdant roof.
Thou didst look down
Upon the naked earth, and, forthwith, rose
All these fair ranks of trees.
They, in thy sun,
Budded, and shook their green leaves in the breeze,
And shot towards heaven.
The century-living crow,
Whose birth was in their tops, grew old and died
Among their branches, till, at last, they stood,
As now they stand, massy, and tall, and dark,
Fit shrine for humble worshipper to hold
Communion with his Maker.
These dim vaults,
These winding aisles, of human pomp and pride
No fantastic carvings show
The boast of our vain race to change the form
Of thy fair works.
But thou art here—thou fill’st
- The Deserted Garden, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Deserted Garden talks of the exploration of an unpruned garden by a lone child. The attraction of the wilderness of the unkempt vegetation lures the child to go inside for some exciting discovery. The poem concludes with Browning’s lamentation that how she wished to be a child again so that she could relive the thrill of the deserted garden. The poem begins:
I MIND me in the days departed,
How often underneath the sun
With childish bounds I used to run
To a garden long deserted.
The beds and walks were vanish’d quite;
And wheresoe’er had struck the spade,
The greenest grasses Nature laid,
To sanctify her right.
I call’d the place my wilderness,
For no one enter’d there but I.
The sheep look’d in, the grass to espy,
And pass’d it ne’ertheless.
The trees were interwoven wild,
And spread their boughs enough about
To keep both sheep and shepherd out,
But not a happy child.
Adventurous joy it was for me!
I crept beneath the boughs, and found
A circle smooth of mossy ground
Beneath a poplar-tree…..
- Banasthali (Woodland), Promothnath Bishi
Banasthali is a Bengali verse by Bishi that speaks of poetic adulation of woodland. The poet spreads his beauty of imagination while unmasking the secret workings of the woodland. Bishi showers his praises for the beatific woodland while sinking in its surroundings in blissful seclusion. The poem begins as:
Amar e banasthali purno kobitae.
Sorol Shalmoli Sal
Valmikir Anushtup prae,
Bistarito botochchaya rochiche adhyay
Chayanot Briksharaji latar lolite
Misheche opurbo raage….
In my fulfilled verses dedicated to the woodland.
The innocent Shalmoli Sal trees
Shade the great sage Valmiki while he writes in the lyrics of Anushtup,
A chapter amidst the canopy of banyans
The scene of forests in Mahabharata,
While the twining foliage of the trees
Merge in the beautiful ragas of Chayanot and Lolit….
- Poroparer Kamona (A wish for afterlife), Golum Mustafa
Mustafa’s poem is one of those perfect descriptions where poets vent out their painful longing for Nature’s inexplicable beauty. The poet makes a deep wish to the Lord that he gets to witness the splendour of Nature and that of the wilderness which envelopes the earth, even after he leaves this mortal abode. The poem begins with Mustafa’s wonderment:
Nikhiler eto shobha, eto roop, eto hasi gaan
Chariya morite mor kobhu nahi chahe mon praan.
E bishwer sobi ami praan diye bashiyachi bhalo.
Aakash, Batash, Jol, Robi, Tarokar Alo….
The earth’s basking beauty, filled with cheerful songs
Binds me in such manner that I never wish to die.
I have loved this earth in entirety with all my heart.
I’ve been captivated by the sky, wind, water, sun and the shinning galaxies…
There are of course many other beautiful poetic compositions that pay tribute to Nature’s beauty and often such addresses are made in seclusion- giving one a chance to soak into the feeling. We hope that our present and future generations of poets continue to sing such praises of nature because we are fast confining ourselves to a world that is losing its natural vegetation.