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Poems of Spring

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Poetry lends itself to nature — its subtlety, simplicity, and attention to detail exemplify the visual it describes — so, it’s not surprising to find that many spring quotes come from poems of spring or that poets can’t help but put their pen to paper in homage to spring.

Oh to experience what Langston Hughes captured so well: I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.

Spring, From the Mouths of Poets

Langston HughesApril Rain Song:

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 98:

proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.

e. e. cummings, Who Knows if the Moon’s:

it’s
Spring)and everyone’s
in love and flowers pick themselves

Emily Dickinson:

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome

T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

Rainer Maria RilkeLetters of Rainer Maria Rilke:

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

Can you guess which is my favourite? That’s right — Rilke wins every time. Even his correspondence is poetry; and his words like seeds hold entire worlds.

do you have any favourite lines or poems of spring?

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Bet Mercer is a poet-photographer who writes at Gimme Some Reads and Everyday Poetry. She loves quotes, reading her favourite books over again, great conversation, laughter, trees, films, and travelling the world. Follow along with Bet on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Etsy and Google+.

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