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BLOW BLOW THOU WINTER WIND ; By: William Shakespeare

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BLOW BLOW THOU WINTER WIND

                                                -William Shakespeare

 

Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Thou art not so kind

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

Freez, freez, thou bitter sky,

That does not bite so nigh

As benefits forget:

Though thou the water warp

Thy sting is not so sharp

As friend remembered not

Heigh-ho! Sing, heigh-ho! Unto the green holly.

অনুবাদ:

বও হে শীতের হাওয়া
-উইলিয়াম শেক্সপিয়ার

বও হে শীতের হাওয়া, জোরে বও,
তুমি তো তত নির্দয় নও
এানুষ অকৃতজ্ঞ যেমন হে,
তোমার দংশন অত তীব্র না,
কারণ তোমার দেখা মেলে না,
যদিও তোমার নিঃশ্বাস নির্দয় হে,
হৈ হো! গাও হৈ হো! অশোকে পলাশে
মিতালী শুধু ভান, মুখে ভালোবেসে;
ওরে হৈ হো! অশোকে, পলাশে!
জীবন কত সুন্দর রে।
তুমি হে নিষ্ঠুর  আকাশ হিমে হিমে ঢাকো
তেমন দংশাতে পারো নাকো;
যেমন উপকার ভোলার
যদিও তুমি জলধারা হিমে বাঁধো
তোমার দংশন অত তীব্র নাকো
যেমন বন্ধুরা মনে না করার
হৈ হো! গাও হৈ হো! অশোকে পলাশে

Theme: The theme of the song is man’s inhumanity and cruelty towards other fellow beings. It is because of man’s selfishness and ungrateful attitudes that does not care for those who were his close friends. If once purpose is served he will not even remember him.

Summary: This poem is from Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. This is a son, sung by Amiens. He is a lord, who chose to follow Duke Senior, banished by his brother. In this song he comments upon the ways of the world and the human rudeness and ingratitude, which is more biting than the winter wind. In the beginning of the poem Amiens addresses the winter wind: it can blow as strongly as it wills, but it cannot be as biting as human society. The second part he partly accuses his friends for forgetting his favors and not being thankful. Wind can freeze him, but it won’t be so painful as the behavior of his friends. The poet here says that the friendship is only a pretence and loving is nothing but absurdity and foolery. He again tells that life is very wonderful and should be fully enjoyed. It is like a song and should be sung.

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