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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 - 65,689 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 - 9,791 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 - 12,075 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. 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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