Tonight, I return to new episodes with a handful of poems about the spring. As I mention, living as I do in a city usually inundated with snow, it has been bizarre to have not shoveled the driveway even once. And since the next few weeks of episodes are already planned out, it seemed appropriate to get to spring early, since the earth is doing that already. The poems are:
- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), “There is another sky”
- e. e. cummings (1894-1962), “O sweet spontaneous”
- Richard Eberhart (1904-2005), “This Fevers Me”
- Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982), from “Toward an Organic Philosophy”
- Vernon Watkins (1906-1967), from “The Tributary Seasons”
- Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), “Spring” (“To what purpose, April, do you return again?”
- Abbie Huston Evans (1881-1983), “The Old Yellow Shop”
- Elinor Wylie (1885-1928), from “Wild Peaches”
- Henry King (1592-1669), “A Contemplation upon Flowers”
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), from Act 3 of King Lear
- Ted Hughes (1930-1998), “Four March Watercolours”
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