Poems in Honor of Spring

A selection of verses to cheer the winter-weary soul

Compiled by Ann-Marie Imbornoni

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For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
Algernon Charles Swinburne  (1837–1909)
Atalanta in Calydon (1865)
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough.
A.E. Housman (1859–1936)
A Shropshire Lad (1896)
The month of May was come, 
when every lusty heart beginneth
to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; 
for like as herbs and trees bring 
forth fruit and flourish in May, 
in likewise every lusty heart 
that is in any manner a lover, 
springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds.  
For it giveth unto all lovers courage, 
that lusty month of May.
Sir Thomas Malory (d. 1471)
Le Morte d'Arthur (1485)
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)
No. 1333 (c.1875)
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.
I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
Hesperides (1648)
in Just—
spring when the world is mud—
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles far and wee
E. E. Cummings (1894–1962)
Chansons Innocentes (1923)
The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Two Tramps in Mud Time (1936)
O! how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day!
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)
The Waste Land (1922)
Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing.
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Thomas Nashe (1567–1601)
Summer's Last Will and Testament (1600)
Give me the splendid silent sun
  with all his beams full-dazzling.
Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
Leaves of Grass (1855; 1891–92)
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first
spring day is another.  The difference between them is
sometimes as great as a month.
Henry Van Dyke (1852–1933)
Fisherman's Luck (1899)
Heart-leaves of lilac all over New England,
Roots of lilac under all the soil of New England,
Lilac in me because I am New England.
Amy Lowell (1874–1925)
Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.
Thomas Tusser (1524?–1580)
A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry (1557)
In the spring a young man's fancy
lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson  (1809–1892)
Locksley Hall (1842)

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