My Heart Leaps Up; by William Wordsworth

My Heart Leaps Up

by, William Wordsworth – 1770-1850

My heart leaps up when I behold 
   A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began; 
So is it now I am a man; 
So be it when I shall grow old, 
   Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.


আমার হৃদয় তখনই উদ্বেলিত হয়

যখন আকাশে উঠে রংধনুঃ

ছোট্ট বেলাতেও তা-ই হতো;

এখনও তা-ই হয়,

বুড়ো বয়সেই তা-ই হবে,

অন্যথায় মরে যাবো!

শিশুরাই প্রতিটি মানুষের পিতা

আর আমি আশা করি আমার দিনগুলো

প্রকৃতিগত ধর্মানুরাগে আবদ্ধ থাকুক


Summary/ Appreciation/ Theme:

My heart leaps up  when the poets see a rainbow in the sky. It’s not merely a beautiful sight, it also symbolizes his childlike wonder. The poet maintains a large part of his childlike wonder by remaining in awe of the beauty of nature and encourages his readers to do the same.


“My Heart Leaps Up” describes the pure delight the speaker feels upon seeing a rainbow. This joy prompts the speaker to reflect on the passing of time and the significance of childhood. It is in childhood, the poem argues, that people first feel a sense of powerful awe and wonder at the natural world around them.


The theme of the poem is nature, growth, love, and life. The major theme is nature and our connection with it. The poem shows how few things such as the rainbow are often ignored by many because they are used to seeing it. It tells us about enjoying the intricacies of nature and never letting them go. We all enjoyed watching the rainbow or flowers when we were children, but then what happened? Why did we abandon this lesson from our childhood? This is what Wordsworth tries to convey through this poem.