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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 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!

Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) based on 'The Swing'

Answer : The “The Swing” poem was published in 1885.

Answer : The poem was published in poetry collection named A Child’s Garden of Verses under the title Penny Whistles which contain around 65 poems.

Answer : “The Swing”  by Robert Louis Stevenson is a simple profession of love for the joys of swinging told from the perspective by a young speaker. The poem begins with the speaker asking the listener how much they like to swing up into the blue air. This poem is all about the experience of a child about swing. It’s all about the child is feeling on swing, the things they can see from the swing, how the things are looking from a swing.

Answer : The child sees the green garden and a house with a brown roof when the swing comes down. The child sees the river, tree and cattle when up in the air and over the wall.

Answer : As infants like enjoy a gentle rocking motion, young children tend to enjoy gentle swinging motions to help them relax and fall asleep faster. A child feels very nice in the swing as an small kid.

Answer : It is a wild natural imagination of the poet about what a child can see from a swing up in the air. 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.”

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