Splendour in the Grass


On this date in 1802, William Wordsworth began writing “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” The poem includes this beautiful passage:

Though nothing can bring back the hour 
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
          We will grieve not, rather find
          Strength in what remains behind;
          In the primal sympathy
          Which having been must ever be;
          In the soothing thoughts that spring
          Out of human suffering;
          In the faith that looks through death, 
In years that bring the philosophic mind.

This passage inspired the title of the 1961 film “Splendour in the Grass.” It was also recited in the film “A River Runs Through It.”

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