My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth

“My Heart Leaps Up” is one of the most famous poems by William Wordsworth. The poem focuses on the rainbow, which is a symbol of nature. The poet tries to say that he wishes to keep his childlike self alive in the poem. The poem expresses the speaker’s appreciation for the natural world, and for the moments of joy it can bring. He speaks of how the beauty of nature will remain with him throughout his life and how it will continue to bring him joy. Born in 1770, William Wordsworth is considered a romantic as well as poet of nature.

My heart leaps up when I behold 
   A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began; 
So is it now I am a man; 
So be it when I shall grow old, 
   Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.