英会話ブログ その736       Animals, from A to Z

2015/12/22

"N" is for Nightingales

"N" is for nightingales, the bird which represents poets.  

Their spontaneous beautiful song is a symbol of poetry.

Nightingales sing in the day, or in the night.  The name "nightingale" came into existence more than a thousand years ago and in old English, it means, "night songstress".

Early writers of English mistakenly believed it was the female bird which did the singing, when in fact it was the male.

The nightingale's song is loud and has a very impressive range of sounds, which are comprised of (made up of, containing) whistles, frills and gurgles,

Its song is particulary noticable at night because the other birds, are usually quiet and not singing at all.

The male nightingales song is intended to attract a female mate.

Nightingales who are hanging out (staying) in trees near urban areas (cities) sing even more loudly to overcome man-made background noise.

The most characteristic feature of these urban nightingales is an extremely loud whistling crescendo, almost sounding like a frog-like alarm call.

In nature, the nightingale, night song is still sweet and melodic, inspiring the poet in all of us.                                             (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
nightingale                      大型の西洋ウグイス
spontaneous                      自発的な、自然に出てくる
poetry                           詩歌
come into existence              存在するようになる
songstress                       女流詩人
comprise                         含む、構成する
hang out                         集まる、たまり場にする
crescendo                        次第に高まること
the poet in all of us            我々皆にある詩人の心

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