Gurgling Brook

In 1830, Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) English poet wrote The Brook which is a metaphor of the human life in the form of a waterway.  It must have been peaceful to be able to rest on the side of this babbling brook and just listen to the sounds of nature.  Tennyson created an imagery of what it would be like to be a brook, running down the mountainside across the country describing these beautiful images and patterned rhythms of this gurgling brook.  He contrasts nature as the brook rises and then gradually descends, flowing past hills and under bridges.  The brook is swollen with the spring rains and melt waters.  The brook makes a kind of natural music as it rushes down the hills, singing as its swirling water is chattering and babbling as it dashes against the gravel of the stream bed producing almost musical notes.  The brook wanders through land that is cultivated and land that is wild and natural.  It encounters fish, foamy bubbles, and flowers before it eventually slows and ends up in a river.

Tennyson used personification in his poem about the brook saying, “I chatter over stony ways, In little sharps and trebles, I bubble into eddying bays, I babble on the pebbles.”  A brook can be heard to gurgle as it flows in broken irregular currents over the rocks and other impediments.  A brook is a very small body of running water, a natural waterway, which is smaller than a stream.  The stream is a small natural waterway, larger than a brook, but smaller than a creek.  A creek is a medium natural waterway, larger than a stream and it is often a tributary to a river.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt of gurgle.

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      1. So glad you enjoyed it. She is a wonderful artist — her song are so haunting. She has placed other English poets words to music. She has explored world music, journeying around the world to listen and learn.

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