Spring Poems & Poets

Conundrums to Guess

April, when spring begins to blossom, is National Poetry Month in the U.S. Let’s celebrate both.

See if you can match the poem depicting spring (A – I) with the poet (1 – 9)

The Poems

  1. in Just…
    spring            when the world is mud…
    luscious the little
    lame balloonman
  2. Behold, this crocus is a withering flame;
    This snowdrop, snow; this apple-blossom’s part
    To breed the fruit that breeds the serpent’s art.
    Nay, for these Spring-flowers, turn thy face from them,
    Nor stay till on the year’s last lily-stem
    The white cup shrivels round the golden heart.
  3. Random thoughts
    and loneliness trouble me
    but I am soothed by the
    anticipation of cherry blossoms
    and spring rain falling on my hut.
  4. April is the cruelest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.
  5. A LITTLE madness in the Spring
    Is wholesome even for the King,
    But God be with the Clown,
    Who ponders this tremendous scene…
    This whole experiment of green,
    As if it were his own!
  6. Open my ears to music; let
    Me thrill with Spring’s first flutes and drums…
    But never let me dare forget
    The bitter ballads of the slums.
  7. For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils
  8. I remember, I remember
    There were ghostly veils and laces…
    In the shadowy bowery places…
    With lovers’ ardent faces
    Bending to one another,
    Speaking each his part.
    They infinitely echo
    In the red cave of my heart.
    ‘Sweetheart, sweetheart, sweetheart.’
    They said to one another.
    They spoke, I think, of perils past.
    They spoke, I think, of peace at last.
    One thing I remember:
    Spring came on forever,
    Spring came on forever,”
    Said the Chinese nightingale.
  9. O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
    Thro’ the clear windows of the morning, turn
    Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
    Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!

The Poets

  1. William Wordsworth
  2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  3. Emily Dickinson
  4. Vachel Lindsay
  5. E. E. Cummings
  6. William Blake
  7. Otasaki Rengetsu
  8. T.S. Eliot
  9. Louis Untermeyer

Answers after the jump.

Answers to Spring Poems & Poets

  1. – 5. EE Cummings
  2. – 2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  3. – 7. Otasaki Rengetsu
  4. – 8. TS Eliot
  5. – 3. Emily Dickinson
  6. – 9. Louis Untermeyer
  7. – 1. William Wordsworth
  8. – 4. Vachel Lindsay
  9. – 6. William Blake
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