On Year 5: April’s Poems
Happy National Poetry Month!
It’s also the first full month of spring, but it hasn’t really felt like it: April snow, April frost, April freeze. It’s been cold and miserable, for the most part. T. S. Eliot knew what he was talking about when he said it was the cruellest month.
April 1, Wednesday: “Spring” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
April 2, Thursday: “April Weather” by Edith Wyatt
April 3, Friday: “Full Moon” by Lisel Mueller (because there is one this weekend)
April 6, Monday:”Love Song in April” by Edith Klem
April 7, Tuesday: “A Shropshire Lad 2: Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now” by A. E. Houseman
April 8, Wednesday: “April” by Alicia Ostriker
April 9, Thursday: “Strewn” by Barbara Crooker
April 10, Friday: “April Snow” by Pearl Anderson
April 13, Monday: “To Daffodils” by Robert Herrick
April 14, Tuesday: “Little Exercise” by Elizabeth Bishop
April 15, Wednesday: sonnet # 44 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
April 16, Thursday: “Home Thoughts from Abroad” by Robert Browning (because this is the one I always read before April vacation. I think I’ve forgotten the reason why by now, but a tradition is a tradition.
April 17-26: April vacation–no school.
April 27, Monday: “April Prayer” by Stuart Kestenbaum
April 28, Tuesday: “Spring Evening on Blind Mountain” by Louise Erdrich
April 29, Wednesday: “The Burning Kite” by Ouyang Jianghe
April 30, Thursday: “Willow” by Anna Akhmatova
I ended the month–and National Poetry Month–with a couple of poems in translation, just to throw something new and surprising into the mix. The Chinese poem, by Ouyang Jianghe, was really difficult for most of the students–but it was about time to make them think hard, and to think differently. Baby steps, as it were: at the beginning of the year, all the pieces were difficult. So now we raise the bar. And that’s a good thing.
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