‘Time, You Old Gypsy Man’ by Ralph Hodgson

প্রিয় শিক্ষার্থী, আমরা নিয়ে এসেছি English For Today (Classes 9 and 10) এর Unit 14 এর কবিতাগুলোর আলোচনা। কবিতাগুলো বোঝার সুবিধার জন্য থাকছে প্রতিটি কবিতার সারসংক্ষেপ (summary) বা আলোচ্য বিষয়গুলো (Themes )নিয়ে লেখা। সঙ্গে থাকবে ব্যতিক্রম ও জটিল Vocabulary List । তোমরা এগুলো অধ্যয়ন ও অনুশীলনের মাধ্যমে কবিতাগুলো পুরোপুরি বুঝতে ও আত্মস্থ করতে সক্ষম হয় উঠবে বলে আমাদের আশা। Unit 14, Lesson 3 এ অন্তর্ভুক্ত Ralph Hodgson এর কবিতা Time, You Old Gypsy Man এর Summary নিয়েই আজকের পোস্ট।

TIME, you old gipsy man,|||Last week in Babylon,
  Will you not stay,|||Last night in Rome,
Put up your caravan|||Morning, and in the crush
  Just for one day?||| Under Paul’s dome;
  ||| Under Paul’s dial
All things I’ll give you||| You tighten your rein—
Will you be my guest,||| Only a moment,
Bells for your jennet|||And off once again;
Of silver the best,||| Off to some city
Goldsmiths shall beat you|||Now blind in the womb,
A great golden ring,|||Off to another
Peacocks shall bow to you,|||
Little boys sing,|||  Time, you old gipsy man,
Oh, and sweet girls will|||Will you not stay,
Festoon you with may.|||Put up your caravan
Time, you old gipsy,|||  Just for one day?
Why hasten away?|||

Summary/Theme of ‘Time, You Old Gypsy Man’ by Ralph Hodgson:

In this poem, the speaker compares swift-moving time with an old gypsy man and asks it to stop only for a day and to be his guest. In return, he offers to give the best available silver and gold, respect and recreation, anything he has in his repertoire. Then the speaker mentions the ancient civilization of Babylon and Rome and influential figure like St. Paul– all that have succumbed to the quicksand of time. He explores the rapidity of time in human life, from mother’s womb to funeral tomb. And he desires to prolong his journey at any cost and begs time to slow down its movement.

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