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"From ferns that drop their tears"? Whose tears? Trout's tears or ferns' tears?

 
 
Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 06:58 pm

Context:

Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

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Ceili
 
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Reply Sun 22 Dec, 2013 11:54 pm
@oristarA,
This is a rainbow trout, a freshwater fish. I don't know what kind of trout live in Scotland.
http://www.wildflyrods.com/images/RainbowTrout.jpg
As you may have guessed, trout don't have ears... per-say, but this poems is fantasy. And if they did have ears, presumably the faeries could whisper in them.
http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/305989/305989,1229249127,3/stock-photo-water-droplets-on-fern-22831588.jpg
Dew and raindrops that resemble tears.

From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/flynt/flynt0810/flynt081000036/3761768-fern-leaf-with-water-drop-and-ripples.jpg
oristarA
 
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Reply Mon 23 Dec, 2013 07:23 am
@Ceili,
Thank you Ceili.
But you haven't answered my question - I asked "tears", not "ears":
Whose tears? Trout's tears or ferns' tears?
Context:
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From ferns that drop their tears
chai2
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Reply Mon 23 Dec, 2013 07:43 am
@oristarA,
Ferns tears.

The dew dropping off the fern looked like tears.
McTag
 
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Reply Mon 23 Dec, 2013 10:22 am
@chai2,
Also, trout like running water, maybe a small waterfall or so. If there is mist or spray in the air, this could collect on the leaves/fronds and drops could be said to be falling "like tears".

The native trout of Scotland is the wild brown trout, slightly smaller than the rainbow trout. Quite a bit smaller actually, depending on how much feeding is available.
Rainbows in this country are usually artificially raised/fed.
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Reply Mon 23 Dec, 2013 06:39 pm
@oristarA,
Yes you did. Read above.
The ears of a trout.
The tears of a fern.
I thought the poem, the answer and the picture of a fern with raindrops/tears on it and them falling into water would self evident. I was wrong.
Can you not see the pictures?
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 12:35 am
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:

Yes you did. Read above.
The ears of a trout.
The tears of a fern.
I thought the poem, the answer and the picture of a fern with raindrops/tears on it and them falling into water would self evident. I was wrong.
Can you not see the pictures?


I can see two beautiful pics but the last one.
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