April Is for Lovers (of Poetry)

April is National Poetry Month: rejoice! In celebration, Thigpen Library in Gallatin is offering a poetry books display and is giving away poems from our “Poetry Patch.” Compose your own poems at Thipgen Library in Cookeville: visit their “Poetry Creation Station.”

Poetry Patch display at the Gallatin Library

Here’s a poem about April for your enjoyment. Want to find yourself a poem or learn about a poem’s meaning? Search ProQuest’s Literature Online database.

April.—Longfellow.

[1]     When the warm sun, that brings
[2]  Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
[3]  ‘Tis sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
[4]     The first flower of the plain.

[5]     I love the season well,
[6]  When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
[7]  Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
[8]     The coming-in of storms.

[9]     From the earth’s loosened mould
[10]  The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives:
[11]  Though stricken to the heart with winter’s cold,
[12]     The drooping tree revives.

[13]     The softly-warbled song
[14]  Comes through the pleasant woods, and colored wings
[15]  Are glancing in the golden sun, along
[16]     The forest openings.

[17]     And when bright sunset fills
[18]  The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
[19]  Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
[20]     And wide the upland glows.

[21]     And when the day is gone,
[22]  In the blue lake, the sky, o’erreaching far,
[23]  Is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,
[24]     And twinkles many a star.

[25]     Inverted in the tide
[26]  Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
[27]  And the fair trees look over, side by side,
[28]     And see themselves below.

[29]     Sweet April, many a thought
[30]  Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
[31]  Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
[32]     Life’s golden fruit is shed.

Longfellow, Henry W. April, Baltimore, 1831. ProQuest Literature Online, https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/2147524361?accountid=14861.