April is National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Buttercups and Daisies

~Mary Howitt

Buttercups and daisies-
Oh the pretty flowers,
Coming ere the springtime
To tell of sunny hours.
While the trees are leafless,
While the fields are bare,
Buttercups and daisies
Spring up here and there.

Ere the snowdrop peepeth,
Ere the croscus bold,
Ere the early primrose
Opes its paly gold,
Somewhere on a sunny bank
Buttercups are bright;
Somewhere 'mong the frozen grass
Peeps the daisy white.

Little hardy flowers
Like to children poor,
Playing in their sturdy health
By their mother's door:
Purple with the north wind,
Yet alert and bold;
Fearing not and caring not,
Though they be a-cold.

What to them is weather!
What are stormy showers!
Buttercups and daisies
Are these human flowers!
He who gave them hardship
And a life of care,
Gave them likewise hardy strength,
And patient hearts, to bear.

Welcome yellow buttercups,
Welcome daisies white,
Ye are in my spirit
Visioned, a delight!
Coming ere the springtime
Of sunny hours to tell-
Speaking to our hearts of Him
Who doeth all things well.

April is Poetry Month! I have always had a love of poetry. I think it was a gift from a couple of really great English teachers in Junior High and High School. I was fortunate to be among their students and developed an appreciation for poetry and literature.
This month is dedicated to helping your kids to do the same thing. PBS has a fun widget that will help get you started.

Also, check out these links for more poetic fun!
Poets.org (Don't miss this list of Great Poems to Teach)
Find Lesson Plans at Scholastic and Read Write Think.
Plus find resources at TeacherVision (if you don't subscribe, you'll get three free pdf's or you can start a free 7 day trial).

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Aimee said...

I LOVE poetry! Thanks for the links!

Sarah said...

Lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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The Four Week Vegan said...

My 14 year old son loves writing poetry. I only get to hear it when there is a poetry reading at school - he never misses an opportunity to be in the spotlight.


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