Wondrous Words Wednesday - Poetry

Wondrous Words Wednesday at BermudaOnionThis week’s words (all nouns) are from Favorite Poems Old and New.

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CLOCK-A-CLAY
Who is a lady-bird
by John Clare

In the cowslip pips I lie,
Hidden from the buzzing fly,
While green grass beneath me lies,
Pearled with dew like fishes’ eyes,
Here I lie, a clock-a-clay,
Waiting for the time of day.
Cowslip

1. cowslip
(n) [KOU-slip)

Definition—swamp plant of Europe and North America having bright yellow flowers resembling buttercups

2. pips
(n)

Definition—a small hard seed found in some fruitsClock-a-Clay

3. clock-a-clay 
(n)

Definition—a ladybug (ladybird beetle)

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TO THE LADY-BIRD Oberon
Lady-bird! Lady-bird! fly  away home;
     The fairy-bells tinkle afar;
Make haste, or they’ll catch you and harness you fast
With a cobweb to Oberon’s car

4. Oberon 
(n) [O-be-ron]

Definition—the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore

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THE LOBSTER QUADRILLE
by Lewis Carroll
“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the dance?
    Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you,
         will you join the dance?
    Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you,
         won't you join the dance?”

5. whiting  
[my apologies to the Whitings for not knowing your name meant so much more]
Whiting(n) [WHITE-ing]

Definition—a food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe resembling the cod

6. shingle
Shingle[n] 

Definition—course gravel of small waterworn stones found on beaches (or a stretch of shore covered with such gravel)

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For more new words, visit Kathy’s site.

3 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I love that you found your words in poems like this! I'm going to try to remember clock-a-clay - I'm sure to get some looks if I use that one. Thanks for participating!

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

Great spotting of new words in simple poems. I love it. I especially like the clock-a-clay poem and definitions. I'm going to share with my two granddaughters. Thanks.

Brook said...

Pips are also what the dots on dice and dominoes are called. :)

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