On Year 5: March’s Poems

Yeah.  Right.

Yeah. Right.

This is the month which, proverbially, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  We’re waiting for that lamb.  Snow, snow and more snow, and on days when there isn’t any snow falling, the temperatures are frigid.  However, the first day of spring comes in March, and somehow that always makes people hope for the best.  It can’t always be winter, can it?  Though after this one, I don’t feel quite so certain.

March 2, Monday:  “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti (because I always read this one on my son’s birthday)

March 3, Tuesday: “After great pain, a formal feeling comes” (372) by Emily Dickinson

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

March 4, Wednesday: “Snowfall” by Ravi Shankar (because it’s still snowing!)

March 5, Thursday: “How it Happens” by W. S. Merwin

March 6, Friday  Teacher workshop–no class

March 9, Monday:  Teacher workshop–no class

March 10, Tuesday: [The snow is melting] by Issa (because it is!  Finally!)

March 11, Wednesday: “Late Winter” by Yvor Winters

March 12, Thursday: “A Daughter of Eve” by Christina Rossetti

March 13, Friday: “Happiness” by Jane Kenyon

March 16, Monday: “After the Winter” by Claude McKay (because spring will begin on Friday, and after this past snowy month, we need all the encouragement we can get)

March 17, Tuesday: “When You are Old” by William Butler Yeats  (a lovely poem, by an Irishman for St. Patrick’s Day, chosen under advisement from Patricia H. Owens)

Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland

March 18, Wednesday: “The Lost Land” by Eavan Boland  (another fantastic Irish poet)

March 19, Thursday: “Spring Follows Winter Once More” by Tom Hennen

March 20, Friday: “The Spring” by Thomas Carew  (because, at least in terms of calendar, spring begins today)

March 23, Monday: “The Marriage in the Trees” by Stanley Plumley

March 24, Tuesday: “Splitting Wood in Winter” by Douglas Woodsum (because I just learned I will be reading with Doug at the Maine Poetry Express reading in Waterville on April 2)

March 25, Wednesday: “Vespers” by Theodore Enslin

March 26, Thursday: “In Early Spring” by Wellborn Hope

Carl Little

Carl Little

March 27, Friday: “March” by Richard Kenney

March 30, Monday: “Today” by Billy Collins

March 31, Tuesday: “Young Pine” by Carl Little

What a winter!  It’s holding on desperately, despite the calendar, but in the way of all things, I think we’ve finally got it beaten.  It will be a relief to get to April–and to National Poetry Month!  Though here in our classroom, it’s always National Poetry Month, isn’t it?

Send me more suggestions.  I want all the beautiful things.melting snow

1 Comment

  1. One of my favorite monthly postings Anne! Just loved all of the poems!


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