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Noiselessly as the spring-time Her crown of verdure weaves,
Cecil Frances Alexander
The Burial of Moses


Spring is like a perhaps hand
E.E. Cummings
Spring is like a perhaps hand


Lifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches-
William Carlos Williams
Spring and All


You don't have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
John Ciardi
Simmons Review, Fall 1962


Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
Norman O. Brown
Love's Body


Painting is silent poetry.
Plutarch
How to Study Poetry


There will be a world of water shed Upon the parting of your wives and you.
William Shakespeare
Glendower, in Henry IV


Come little babe, come silly soul, Thy father's shame, thy mother's grief,
Nicholas Breton
Come, little babe, come, silly soul


Each to his grief, each to his loneliness and fidgety revenge.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Boy Breaking Glass


Fresh Spring, the herald of love's mighty king,
Edmund Spenser
Amoretti; LXX. Fresh Spring


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