Absent in the spring,

Poetry month, and I came across some suggestions for the ten best poems about spring:

  1. Spring – Gerard Manley Hopkins
  2. A Cold Spring – Elizabeth Bishop
  3. The Waste Land –  T.S. Eliot
  4. Today – Billy Collins
  5. The Trees – Philip Larkin
  6. O were my love yon lilac fair – Robert Burns
  7. Sonnet 98 – William Shakespeare
  8. In Perpetual Spring – Amy GerstlerI
  9. Young Lambs – John Clare
  10. The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

I’m not familiar with all of them, but here is one I am familiar with:


From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.


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