Spring Poems From Collections
Recommended by Chitra, an adult reference librarian at the Canton Public Library.
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"A Light Exists in Spring" from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinsonby Emily Dickinson
The first spring poem I chose is by my favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. Instead of merely referring to the experience of the writer, the poem is made to be an experience for the reader. This popular image of the poet is drawn from more than 500 poems she wrote on the subject of nature. This one is one of her youthful poems. A Light Exists in Spring sees a young carefree girl wandering through the woods on a beautiful spring day.
"A Prayer in Spring" from Collected Poems, Prose & Playsby Robert Frost
I like "A Prayer in Spring" because though it is one of the lesser known poems of Frost, it is written in a clear and direct style. I like the poem precisely because of its simplicity and effortless feel. The simple imagery of spring is very effective. "That suddenly above the bees is heard, the meteor that thrusts in the needle bill, and off a blossom in mid air stands still."
"An April Day" from The Complete Poetical Works of Longfellowby Henry W. Longfellow
The poem "An April Day" is among Longfellows earlier works, but it showcases the authors flowing melody. One of Longfellows criteria for being so popular is that he is one of the least difficult poets to read. In "An April Day" nature is not only beautiful, "tis sweet to visit the still wood, where springs the first flower of the plain," it is also mans best friend and speaks to him of beauty, peace, happiness and love. "Sweet April.many a thought is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed."
"In Just"from 95 Poemsby E.E. Cummings
After months of cold grey days the sun is shining and it is beautiful outside. Makes me think of E.E. Cummings who captures spring better than just about anybody else. In this short poem spring is described as being quite "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful." I can practically smell spring upon reading this poem.
"Lines Written in Early Spring"from Selected Poemsby William Wordsworth
William Wordsworths poetry shows his love of nature. This simple poem brings forth the season "spring" in all its abundant glory. The poet brings the burst of spring through colorful imagery like "through primrose tufts" and "periwinkle trailed its wreath." When I read about "the budding twigs that spread out their fan, to catch the breezy air," it makes me think that spring is almost here.