tortive

tortive

(ˈtɔːtɪv)
adj
twisted
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Fiercely the gaunt woods to the grim soil cling That bears for all fair fruits Wan wild sparse flowers of windy wintry spring Between the tortive serpent-shapen roots Where through their dim growth hardly strikes and shoots And shews one gracious thing Hardly, to speak for summer one sweet word Of summer's self-scarce heard.