Summer Evening

‘I Know Not How It Falls On Me’

I know not how it falls on me,
This summer evening, hushed and lone;
Yet the faint wind comes soothingly
With something of an olden tone.

Forgive me if I’ve shunned so long
Your gentle greeting, earth and air!
But sorrow withers even the strong,
And who can fight against despair?

Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848)

The summer evening “falls” with a sorrowful note, but the acceptance of that sad feeling allows the poet to connect with the earth and breathe its air, something neglected in the past. Therefore she regrets having been overwhelmed by melancholy and therefore unable to see the beauty in life.
But even though she feels stronger now, it is difficult for her to fight against “despair”.

Non so come mi cada addosso
questa sera d’estate, silenziosa e solitaria;
eppure ila brezza arriva e consola
con una nota che sa d’antico

Perdonatemi se ho evitato così a lungo
il vostro dolce saluto, terra e aria!
Ma il dolore fa appassire anche chi è forte,
e chi riesce a combattere contro la disperazione?

(Trad: L.Z.)

79 thoughts on “Summer Evening

  1. Dear Luisa, you found the perfect poem for this summer’s melancholy. How ironic that you selected it today which is Bad Poetry Day. I never heard of this poem so thank you very much for sharing it with us.

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  2. This may sound mad, but sometimes I find going into a deep, thoughtful mood can give me a lift. It’s not the same as being sad and depressed I hasten to add, but it can put life into perspective. A great choice Luisa, and have a happy holiday on the lovely Lake Como 🙂

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    1. I agree with you; a deep and thoughtful mood can help to consider things with a different viewpoint.
      I thank you for your wishes for my holidays: Lake Como offers tranquility and serenity, and almost makes me feel that life could go back to normal 🙏😘🙏

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  3. Louisa, how do you find them all – these beautiful poems, informations, music, literature. I am in awe.
    This poem by Emily Brontë is new to me but what a wonderful discovery I made through your post.
    I do feel – “ Your gentle greeting, earth and air! “.

    Thank you Louisa 🦋

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    1. Dearest Miriam,
      I’ve always been used to doing research. When I was a teacher I did so to make the program more enjoyable and to interest my students a bit more, and now … now that habit has remained with me, but I have to say that it’s really enjoyable. after all

      Thank you for your friendship 🤗

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  4. Componimento intenso e tanto vero, veicola dagli occhi al cuore in un attimo. Il connubio con l’immagine è perfetto. Un’emozione non da poco. Grazie Luisa per queste perle preziose che ci regali ogni giorno. Buonanotte ❤

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  5. Really, so beautifully you had shaded light on the real crux of a Summer Evening! And interestingly, true happiness comes when one undergoes true sadness! In fact we need to search true happiness not through worldly contents. We van raise ourselves to a higher realm of spirituality. By the way lots of thanks for sharing such a marvelous thought! You may check some of my thoughts here

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