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A Positive Change
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

A Positive Change

Changes that occur in the period of gloom
Flowers that all of a sudden doom
Period of joy that seems so lost
In this frenzy world that doesn't pay any cost

For the tears that dropp from your eyes
For what you've felt from pain and sigh
And haven't seen anything that can trade
The burning sun from care's cool shade

In such a time, what you must do
Is to think of positive changes and view
And know that soon all your trials
Will be swapped with the joyful smile

And this you can only achieve
If you know how you can trust and believe
And keep a positive thinking in gloom
Then flower of joy will surely bloom.

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It is a terrible shame that this very fine poem loses its way in the last 2 stanzas and strays from a wonderful theme - the world is too much with us, getting and spending* - into an extended and unfixed metaphor. There is a pre-Raphaelite quality about much of the description of the English countryside and while what the 'Scholar Gypsy' actually believed in is left purposefully vague, there is an emblematic quality about his presence which like the best romantic poetry leaves us with a deep sense of longing for the unrealizable. * Tennyson.