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narkom12
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:45:42 AM

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My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,


This is from "The Rainy Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
What does "fall thick" mean?

Thanks!
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:20:53 AM

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narkom12 wrote:
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,


This is from "The Rainy Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
What does "fall thick" mean?

Thanks!


What it means to me is that the hopes of youth were great in number. It's similar to saying a book is thick, meaning it has a large number of pages. If hopes fall thick, then there is a large number of them. I don't know what the "blast" is, however.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:33:42 AM

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FounDit wrote:
narkom12 wrote:
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,


This is from "The Rainy Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
What does "fall thick" mean?

Thanks!


What it means to me is that the hopes of youth were great in number. It's similar to saying a book is thick, meaning it has a large number of pages. If hopes fall thick, then there is a large number of them. I don't know what the "blast" is, however.


It’s the blast of a cold, wet wind.

Quote:
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,

narkom12
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:34:22 AM

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Thanks, FounDit!
"Blast" is "a gust of wind" here.
Nicholas SCOTT
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:36:19 AM
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"My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary."

"Fall thick," I think refers to an abundance. I imagine a thick blanket of snow ( although there's no reference to snow in the actual poem)
It's as if the poet is reminiscing about the past, his youth, (the hopes of his youth)and his mind is filled with memories. they've fallen thick; there's just so much of them
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:34:04 PM

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Nicholas SCOTT wrote:
"My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary."

"Fall thick," I think refers to an abundance. I imagine a thick blanket of snow ( although there's no reference to snow in the actual poem)
It's as if the poet is reminiscing about the past, his youth, (the hopes of his youth)and his mind is filled with memories. they've fallen thick; there's just so much of them


Having all this helps a great deal. The "fall thick" does still indicate a great number, but now it seems that it is that great number of hopes that are falling, being destroyed in the blast. It paints a very dark and depressing picture.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:51:16 PM
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Because verse is not something for which there's a definitive 'correct' way to feel; I don't find this dark and depressing at all.

I agree that it means that youthful hopes have pretty much been destroyed: "The hopes of youth fall thick" - they were the greatest casualty of the "blast".

But, hey, there comes a time in most people's lives when they have to put aside youthful hopes. And this is a time when most of us get a little bitter & twisted...and because we are still relatively young it can seem like the end of the world.

So I just go back in my mind to times when I was 16, 18, 25...and went through exactly the same youthful agonies and despairs and felt exactly like this (especially the familiar "dark & dreary"!)To me, it's just a part of growing up - and I can look back and smile at how seriously I took myself back then!

That's the thing with creative writing - each person responds to it in their own way.Applause
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