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Summer Wind - Poem by William Cullen Bryant

It is a sultry day; the sun has drank
The dew that lay upon the morning grass,
There is no rustling in the lofty elm
That canopies my dwelling, and its shade
Scarce cools me. All is silent, save the faint
And interrupted murmur of the bee,
Settling on the sick flowers, and then again
Instantly on the wing. The plants around
Feel the too potent fervors; the tall maize
Rolls up its long green leaves; the clover droops
Its tender foliage, and declines its blooms.
But far in the fierce sunshine tower the hills,
With all their growth of woods, silent and stern,
As if the scortching heat and dazzling light
Were but an element they loved. Bright clouds,
Motionless pillars of the brazen heaven;--
Their bases on the mountains--their white tops
Shining in the far ether--fire the air
With a reflected radiance, and make turn
The gazer's eye away. For me, I lie
Languidly in the shade, where the thick turf,
Yet virgin from the kisses of the sun,
Retains some freshness, and I woo the wind
That still delays its coming. Why so slow,
Gentle and voluble spirit of the air?
Oh, come and breathe upon the fainting earth
Coolness and life. Is it that in his caves
He hears me? See, on yonder woody ridge,
The pine is bending his proud top, and now,
Among the nearer groves, chesnut and oak
Are tossing their green boughs about. He comes!
Lo, where the grassy meadow runs in wives!
The deep distressful silence of the scene
Breaks up with mingling of unnumbered sounds
And universal motion. He is come,
Shaking a shower of blossoms from the shrubs,
And bearing on the fragrance; and he brings
Music of birds, and rustling of young boughs,
And soun of swaying branches, and the voice
Of distant waterfalls. All the green herbs
Are stirring in his breath; a thousand flowers,
By the road-side and the borders of the brook,
Nod gaily to each other; glossy leaves
Are twinkling in the sun, as if the dew
Were on them yet, and silver waters break
Into small waves and sparkle as he comes.


Comments about Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant

  • Gold Star - 89,429 Points Kim Barney (7/19/2015 2:30:00 PM)

    Did Bryant really make the grammar mistake in the very first line, or did someone from PH type it incorrectly into their poem bank when they entered it?
    Correct would be
    the sun has DRUNK (not DRANK) the dew.

    This poem is better than the 5.5 rating given by the 31 voters so far. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,365 Points Hadil Diaf (7/19/2015 2:20:00 PM)

    I liked it very much and indeed you made this summer day of mine even better despite this ugly heat. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,365 Points Hadil Diaf (7/19/2015 2:17:00 PM)

    I really love reading these deep and touching word, you've made my summer better... (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. 3. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
  5. 5. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  6. 6. Summer , John Clare
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  9. 9. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  10. 10. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  11. 11. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  12. 12. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  13. 13. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  14. 14. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. 15. To Summer , William Blake
  16. 16. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  17. 17. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  18. 18. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  19. 19. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  20. 20. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  21. 21. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  22. 22. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  23. 23. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  25. 25. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  26. 26. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  27. 27. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  28. 28. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  29. 29. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  30. 30. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  31. 31. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  32. 32. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  33. 33. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  34. 34. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  35. 35. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  36. 36. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  37. 37. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  38. 38. Summer Evening , John Clare
  39. 39. 'Tis Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  40. 40. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  41. 41. The Summer I Was Sixteen , Geraldine Connolly
  42. 42. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  44. 44. Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  45. 45. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. Summer Images , John Clare
  47. 47. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  48. 48. In Spring And Summer Winds May Blow , Walter Savage Landor
  49. 49. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  50. 50. Summer , Amy Lowell
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