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"L'oiseau bleu" by Coleridge

"L’oiseau bleu" by Coleridge

"L'oiseau bleu" by Coleridge

The lake lay blue below the hill.
O’er it, as I looked, there flew
Across the waters, cold and still,
A bird whose wings were palest blue.
The sky above was blue at last,
The sky beneath me blue in blue.
A moment, ere the bird had passed,
It caught his image as he flew.

Poems by Mary E. Coleridge (1908) | Mary E. Coleridge (1861–1907)

Online Poetry Anthology

  • Read the poem aloud.
  • Which lines rhyme?
  • L’oiseau bleu is French for “the blue bird.” What other French words do you know?
  • Read more about the bluebird.
  • Copy and illustrate the poem using Drawing & Writing paper.
  • This poem uses the quantrain or four-line stanzas, with an ABAB rhyme scheme. Write one quantrain stanza of your own with the same rhyme scheme about a different type of bird. Use the poem as your model.

Additional Resources

Free Nature Studies: Our Wonderful World
The bird portions of our free nature study series. Helpful for writing a poem about a different type of bird as suggested above.

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
For copying and illustrating the poem.

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