Poem in October Summary
This poem summary focuses on the poem ‘Poem in October’ by the Welsh poet Thomas. This poem was written by the poet on the occasion of his thirtieth birthday. it’s made from seven stanzas. Each of the stanzas, in turn, is formed from ten lines each.
The first stanza begins with the poet saying that he awakened on his thirtieth birthday to sounds from the ocean. Since it’s his native village of Swansea that he describes, the wood beside the harbor is equated with a neighbor by Thomas. A quiet reverence is within the air as morning breaks in Swansea. that’s why the shore appears to be “priested” by a heron, consistent with Thomas, and therefore the water seems to be praying to the heron priest. the decision of birds just like the seagull and therefore the rook has brought Thomas to the state of awakening from the state of being asleep. He knows that the remainder of the inhabitants of the town are stills sleeping, yet he cannot resist getting up and walking out of his house the second he hears the sound of ships arriving onshore. The harbor is active, he knows and feels he must move too.
In the second stanza, Thomas says that it had been with water that his thirtieth birthday began (as he has already evidently and amply described within the first stanza). Farms and horses are common within the little village where he had grown up, but it had been the birds and therefore the “winged trees flying (his) name” that attracted him. In Welsh, the name ‘Dylan’ means sea-tide. Thus “flying my name” may mean that equivalent air current that cause the tide also make the branches of the trees sway and provides the impression of the trees having wings. However, if we don’t take this phrase quite so literally, we will presume that Thomas feels as if the delights of nature only exist for him at such an early hour, and he’s the sole witness to their magnificence. As Thomas walks further, he starts mounting a hill, and at precisely that point, an important shower starts up, so heavy that the poet believes it to be adequate to the sum of all rains that he has seen till that day. As he crosses the gate that separates the town from Capitol Hill and leaves the premises of Swansea, he can feel the opposite residents of the village awakening.
In the third stanza, Thomas describes how the weather on the hillside is entirely different from the weather within the wood that he has left behind. The sun is shining brightly over Capitol Hill, and therefore the only cloud that’s visible consists only of an outsized number of larks flying all at once within the sky and forming one undifferentiated mass. numerous blackbirds are whistling that the entire environment seems to be overflowing with the sweet and melodious sound of their chirps. As against the howling wind and therefore the shivering cold within the wood below him, Thomas is pleasantly surprised by the “fond climates and therefore the sweet singers” that he has suddenly encounter within the hillside.
The fourth stanza has Thomas describing how small objects look from an elevated height, like that on the hillside on which he’s standing. Hence the church within the harbor resembles a little snail with its horns rising through the mist that the rainy weather has given rise to close the ocean. Similarly, a brown castle only reminds him of an owl. However, beyond the border of Swansea, and under a sky filled with larks on Capitol Hill, everything looked tall. Thomas avows that he could spend his entire birthday just watching the sites of Swansea, but the weather has changed and he has moved on.
In the fifth stanza, Thomas says the changing weather has brought a blue and therefore the rich contrasting colours of fruits like apples and pears and red currants. With the change in weather, the poet himself has been carried into the past. during a tone of nostalgia, he remembers his childhood days spent together with his mother. Thomas here beautifully evokes childhood through the utilization of words like “parables” and “legends”, but he does so to point out that he had been much closer to nature as a toddler than he’s now when he’s close to turning thirty.
In the sixth stanza, Thomas continues his reminiscence and is deeply moved by the memories that have come floating back to him. He cries the tears that his boyhood self had cried and experiences every emotion that his young heart had once felt. He remembers how, as a toddler, he had had conversations with the trees, the stones, and therefore the fish – all of which were essential parts of the landscape of Swansea. Nature had been a mystery to him, but he reveled in not trying to rationalize all of it.
In the seventh stanza, Thomas again asserts that he could spend his entire birthday watching Swansea, on the other hand, the weather has changed and he has moved on. the enjoyment he had felt like a toddler on coming face to face with nature still burns in him. As he stands at noon on his thirtieth birthday, somehow feeling love it is summer though the title clearly specifies that it’s in October that his birthday falls, he hopes that next year too he shall have an identical experience and find joy within the same.
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