Bed in Summer



Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a sickly individual and struggled against poor health and tuberculosis throughout his life. He studied law at University and was admitted to the bar in 1875, but never practiced due to an ever growing passion for writing. In 1880, at the age of thirty, he married Frances Osbourne, an American divorcee ten years his senior. In 1883 he wrote the first of the two books for which he is best known, Treasure Island, and in 1886, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In search of climates that would be better suited to his fragile health, he moved to one of the Islands in what is now Western Samoa in 1889 and continued to write, but eventually succumbed to ill health and died in 1894.

Robert Louis


Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
Robert Louis Stevenson


About this poem: A touch of nostalgia today this poem has charmed and enchanted many people when they were children with its hints of faraway lands and strange conditions. It is still a pretty nice poem with quite evocative images without being descriptive.
candle-light: a la luz de una vela
quite the other way: todo lo contrario
hopping: saltando
grown-up people
: los mayores
hard: penoso, miserable, lamentable


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