Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

by William Shakespeare

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 so nigh
                As benefits forgot:
            Though thou the waters warp,
            Thy sting is not so sharp
                As friend remember'd 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.

 

 


Orson Welles
Macbeth 1948

Title:

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Poet:

Shakespeare, William

Year of Publication:

1599

Age Appropriate:

14 - 15

Subject:

Oppression

Form:

Lyric

Stanza:

2

Lines:

20

Rhyme:

aabaabcc

Literary Period:

Renaissance

Things to Discuss:

What is being compared in this poem? Explain the words: "Though thou the waters warp. thy sting is not sharp as friend remember'd not." Also "Thou art not so unkind as man's ungratitude"

About the Poem:

These lines are from the play As You Like It.