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The Summer Rain - Poem by Henry David Thoreau

My books I'd fain cast off, I cannot read,
'Twixt every page my thoughts go stray at large
Down in the meadow, where is richer feed,
And will not mind to hit their proper targe.

Plutarch was good, and so was Homer too,
Our Shakespeare's life were rich to live again,
What Plutarch read, that was not good nor true,
Nor Shakespeare's books, unless his books were men.

Here while I lie beneath this walnut bough,
What care I for the Greeks or for Troy town,
If juster battles are enacted now
Between the ants upon this hummock's crown?

Bid Homer wait till I the issue learn,
If red or black the gods will favor most,
Or yonder Ajax will the phalanx turn,
Struggling to heave some rock against the host.

Tell Shakespeare to attend some leisure hour,
For now I've business with this drop of dew,
And see you not, the clouds prepare a shower--
I'll meet him shortly when the sky is blue.

This bed of herd's grass and wild oats was spread
Last year with nicer skill than monarchs use.
A clover tuft is pillow for my head,
And violets quite overtop my shoes.

And now the cordial clouds have shut all in,
And gently swells the wind to say all's well;
The scattered drops are falling fast and thin,
Some in the pool, some in the flower-bell.

I am well drenched upon my bed of oats;
But see that globe come rolling down its stem,
Now like a lonely planet there it floats,
And now it sinks into my garment's hem.

Drip drip the trees for all the country round,
And richness rare distills from every bough;
The wind alone it is makes every sound,
Shaking down crystals on the leaves below.

For shame the sun will never show himself,
Who could not with his beams e'er melt me so;
My dripping locks--they would become an elf,
Who in a beaded coat does gayly go.


Comments about The Summer Rain by Henry David Thoreau

  • Gold Star - 65,466 Points * Sunprincess * (8/20/2014 8:37:00 PM)

    ............the summer rain is a beautiful title for a poem....a very nice write... (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,953 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (8/20/2014 12:28:00 PM)

    I love this poem absolutely well rhymed and descriptive.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,926 Points Frank Avon (8/20/2014 1:04:00 AM)

    Alas, Thoreau was a superb writer of prose, but NOT a poet. The best book of poetry by Thoreau that I have ever read was a book of found poetry, recasting some of his richly rhythmic prose into lines. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 2. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. 3. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  4. 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
  5. 5. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  6. 6. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  7. 7. The Summer Rain , Henry David Thoreau
  8. 8. Summer , John Clare
  9. 9. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  10. 10. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  12. 12. To Summer , William Blake
  13. 13. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. 14. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  15. 15. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  16. 16. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  17. 17. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  18. 18. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  19. 19. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  20. 20. Summer Shower , Emily Dickinson
  21. 21. Seasonal Cycle - Chapter 01 - Summer , Kalidasa
  22. 22. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  23. 23. Skeletons Of Summer , Ernestine Northover
  24. 24. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  25. 25. Summer Dawn , Spike Milligan
  26. 26. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  27. 27. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  28. 28. Rain In Summer , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  29. 29. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  30. 30. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  31. 31. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  32. 32. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  33. 33. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  34. 34. Summer Evening , John Clare
  35. 35. Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  36. 36. 'Tis Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  37. 37. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  38. 38. Once Upon A Summer Day , Joseph T. Renaldi
  39. 39. Summer Night, Riverside , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. As Sleigh Bells Seem In Summer , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. Further In Summer Than The Birds , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. It Can'T Be "Summer"! , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Visiting A Dead Man On A Summer Day , Marge Piercy
  45. 45. Summer Song , George Barker
  46. 46. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Late Summer Fires , Les Murray
  48. 48. (end) Of Summer (1966) , Bill Knott
  49. 49. Summer In The Country , Charles Simic
  50. 50. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
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