The Swing

The Swing

The Swing” is a famous poem by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson from his poetry collection named A Child’s Garden of Verses, first appeared in 1885 under the title Penny Whistles which contain around 65 poems.

It’s rare to find a child who doesn’t like to swing and also it’s not just because of fun only. The poem begins with the question to the listener how much they like to go up in a swing, and after this the later are the explanations given by the child that how pleasant thing the swinging is.

There is nothing else that brings more pleasure than the freedom of flying on a swing. When the child swing up in the air they can see “so wide”, “over the wall”, “all over the countryside” where they can see “Rivers and trees and cattle.” It is a wild natural imagination of the poet about what a child can see from the swing up in the air, and then as the swing starts to come down they look down the “green garden” and “brown roof”.

So, “The Swing” poem gives us a great remembrance of our childhood and countless afternoons spent playing with the joy of swinging.


The Swing” Poem Lyrics

How do you like to go up in a swing,

   Up in the air so blue?

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing

   Ever a child can do!


Up in the air and over the wall,

   Till I can see so wide,

Rivers and trees and cattle and all

   Over the countryside—


Till I look down on the garden green,

   Down on the roof so brown—

Up in the air I go flying again,

   Up in the air and down!