Part V: Seasons of Beauty and Hope

The greatest consolation in illness can be found in the beauty of the seasons of the year.
Watching the changing seasons can help us see our own lives as part of the cycle of nature.
(Selected titles are links to the poem texts.)

Mary Mestecky     Dreamcoat

Anonymous (14th century)     Spring

Kathleen Raine     April’s new apple buds

Robert Browning     Home Thoughts, from Abroad

Matthew Arnold     Soon will the high Midsummer pomps come on

Edith Nesbit     Summer Song

Vernon Scannell     from The Long and Lovely Summers

Henry Longfellow     from Rain in Summer

Gerald Manley Hopkins     Hurrahing in Harvest

Emily Dickinson     As imperceptibly as Grief

Laurence Binyon     The Burning of the Leaves

Robert Bridges     London Snow

Hugh MacDiarmid     The Storm-Cock’s Song

Minnie Louise Haskins     The Gate of the Year


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