A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
(Emily Dickinson, American 19th c. poet)
Cold in the earth – and fifteen wild Decembers
From those brown hills have melted into spring.
(Emily Brontë, English 19th c. writer)
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
(Henry Van Dyke, American 19th-20th c. writer)
There is no season such delight can bring,
As summer, autumn, winter, and the spring.
(William Browne, English 17th c. poet)
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
(Anne Bradstreet, 17th c. poet, first female writer in England’s North American colonies to be published)
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull rooms with spring rain.
(T.S. Eliot, British 19th-20th c. writer and critic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., he became a British subject and renounced his American citizenship.)
A generation of men is like a generation of leaves: the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth – and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation comes forth and another ceases.
(‘The Iliad’, Homer, circa 6th c. B.C.)
Happy English learning!!