Tag Archives: Robert Frost

On Year 5: January’s Poems


Back to school after the Christmas break, and the world is frozen and lonely and still.  Spring is still a long way away, and somehow, we have to muddle through snow and sub-zero temperatures, through frozen pipes, through all the hard work required to keep the fires burning in the wood stoves. Fortunately, at school, …

Continue reading

On Year 5: December’s Poems


  Winter, to quote Eddard Stark, is coming. There are so many poems about cold and snow and ice.  Perhaps it’s simply the hunkering down we have to do in the storm that makes poets write that storm down.  Imagine them, if you will, huddled next to the wood fire, blowing on cold hands before …

Continue reading

On Year 5: November’s Poems


November:  one of my favorite months.  It just seems a release after all the colorful expectations of October.  Time to settle down, get the wood in, freeze all the food to last through the winter.  The leaves are gone.  The birds are gone.  The light, once Daylight Savings Time is over, is gone.  Hibernation is the …

Continue reading

On Year 5: October’s Poems


I’ve been seeing Facebook memes about how October is so many people’s “favorite color.”  It seems to have taken the fancy of any number of poets, writing about the month, about the season, about things which are part of both.  Exploring the poems of October has been quite an interesting adventure.  One person in my …

Continue reading

On Year 4: May’s Poems


The homestretch, the final month of the school year.  It’s been wet and squelchy, unsettled, cold.  The kids have been antsy and bad-tempered.  I’ve tried to give them poems that provided something warm and uplifting.  I’m not sure I was always successful–and quite frankly, this has been a year where the students have been really …

Continue reading

On Year 4: February’s Poems


Despite being the shortest month, and despite being a month in which we have a week’s vacation, February is always difficult.  Perhaps it’s the cold–and it has been very cold.  In any case, it is a month that always seems to inspire poets to write cold poems.  In its own dark way, February is inspirational.  That’s …

Continue reading

On Year 4: January’s Poems


Happy New Year! It’s cold.  Really cold.  Polar vortexes taking over and everything.  Pipes freezing.  Cars not starting.  Wind chills in the -30s.  And two and a half months until spring.  It’s hard to read, let alone write.  Still, there are cold poems out there for the harvesting, and I’ve been delivering them to the …

Continue reading

On Year 4: December’s Poems


December has been cold and snowy.  It is snowing now as I write this, in fact, and is due to snow and sleet all weekend–but it’s no matter, as now it’s closing in on winter break.  Fortunately, there’s something about snow that inspires poets:  there are many many choices for snowy poems to read.  And …

Continue reading

On Year 4: October’s Poems


The days grow shorter, the nights grow longer.  The air grows colder, and I abandon my sandals for socks and shoes.  The boys in my classes are thinking about hunting–some of the girls are, too.  From the windows of my classroom, I can see the leaves turn on the old maples between the school and …

Continue reading

On Year 4: September’s Poems


Of course, the school year actually started in August–doesn’t it always?  So there’s a bonus poem.  I faced the usual resistance among some of the kids who have never been in my class before:  do we have to listen to every poem?  Yes, I told them–every blasted one.  That pretty much answers that question, came the …

Continue reading