Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Spring has come again, and here we are worried about marks and end of second term activities. I propose you an activity, what about sharing poetry with your friends?

It could be a long poem on spring like this one by Christina Rossetti:

Frost-locked all the winter,
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
What shall make their sap ascend
That they may put forth shoots?
Tips of tender green,
Leaf, or blade, or sheath;
Telling of the hidden life
That breaks forth underneath,
Life nursed in its grave by Death.

Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap put forth their shoots;
Curled headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.

There is no time like Spring,
When life`s alive in everything,
Before new nestlings sing,
Before cleft swallows speed their journey back
Along the trackless track-
God guides their wing,
He spreads their table that they nothing lack,-
Before the daisy grows a common flower,
Before the sun has power
To scorch the world up in his noontide hour.

There is no time like Spring,
Like Spring that passes by:
There is no life like Spring-life born to die,-
Piercing the sod,
Clothing the uncouth clod,
Hatched in the nest,
Fledged on the windy bow,
Strong on the wing;
There is no time like Spring that passes by,
Now newly born, and now
Hastening to die.

Or it could just be a short one like this poem by the same author:

Who Has Seen the Wind?
by Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you;
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I;
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

Give your favourite poems to your teachers to have them published here.

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