Blue Dasher Dragonfly   4 comments

Blue Dasher Dragonfly — Image by kenne

The Dragonfly

Today I saw the dragonfly

Come from the wells where he did lie.

An inner impulse rent the veil

Of his old husk: from head to tail

Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.

He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;

Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew

A living flash of light he flew.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

4 responses to “Blue Dasher Dragonfly

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  1. Awesome image! Thank you, kenne
    A beautiful poem on Blue Dasher Dragonfly
    “Came out clear plates of sapphire mail…
    A living flash of light he flew”.

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  2. Pingback: The Dragonfly | Frank Hudson

  3. Thanks to introducing me to this short poem which attracted me immediately! Liked it so much that I did a short musical performance of it. Then, as things developed I found it was originally part of a poem about intense grief and sadness, which in a way makes its beauty even more striking.

    The Dragonfly

    And while I’m not much with a camera, I had to take a picture this summer of my own dragonfly which I put in the above post.

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    • Frank, I’m pleased you did more research on the Tennyson poem putting The Dragonfly into the context of the original poem. Good work on the part of you and Dave. Yes, I used it more from a nature point of view, which it is, but as you point out the full poem is about the death of a young friend. Thanks for using my post as a catalyze for your excellent post — loving it!


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