March 30th, 2017
Here’s a sweet little poem entitled, “A Fairy Artist” by C.C. Long, with an mp3 recording by Abby… MP3 of The Fairy Artist The Fairy Artist Oh, there is a little artist Who paints in the cold night hours Pictures for little children Of wondrous trees and flowers! Pictures of snow-white mountains Touching the snow-white […]
July 28th, 2016
"A Rose" by Emily Dickinson is a pretty little poem that evokes summertime. You can listen to it below and read along with the text… MP3 of A Rose A Rose A sepal, petal, and a thorn Upon a common summer’s morn, A flash of dew, a bee or two, A breeze A caper […]
July 17th, 2016
"Summer" is a lovely poem written by English poet, Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). It reminds me of those endless summer days of childhood, when you take the time to observe every little flower, bird and spider. Below you can listen to a recording of Summer while reading along with the text… MP3 Recording of […]
January 22nd, 2016
The new year gets us thinking about the 12 months that make up the year to come. Here are two poems that try to get across the feeling of each month. The first poem is called "The Twelve Months" by George Ellis. In this poem, each word represents one of the 12 months, starting with […]
January 13th, 2016
The poem, "A Glee for Winter" by Alfred Domett celebrates winter as a time to spend with family and friends singing and dancing. Below you can read the poem while listening to a recording. Enjoy! -Lisa MP3 Recording of A Glee for Winter A Glee for Winter Hence, rude Winter! crabbed old fellow, Never merry, […]
December 8th, 2015
An den Winter is a German poem about winter by Elisabeth Kulmann (1808-1825). She wrote more than 1,000 poems before she died at age 17. This lovely poem evokes the feeling of the season. Below, you can listen to the poem in the original German and read along with the text and an English translation… MP3 […]
November 5th, 2015
The poem Otoño (Autumn) was written by Spanish poet Manuel Paso Cano. Below you can read the poem in Spanish, listen along to the recording, followed by an English translation. MP3 Recording of Otoño Otoño Tardes penosas, tristes, soñolientas; noches de silencioso desconsuelo; nubarrones que manchan en el cielo la negra cerrazón de las tormentas. […]
October 29th, 2015
It’s always nice to celebrate the season with a poem. Here’s a French piece about Autumn by Théodore de Banville (1823 – 1891). You can read it below, while listening along with the recording, followed by an English translation… MP3 of L’Automne L’Automne Sois le bienvenu, rouge Automne, Accours dans ton riche appareil, Embrase le […]
September 28th, 2015
Merry Autumn is a poem written by American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906). His parents were slaves in Kentucky before the Civil War. He grew up in Ohio and was born in Dayton in 1872. The poem Merry Autumn talks about how silly it is to tie the symbolism of death with autumn. […]
July 10th, 2015
We like to post seasonal poetry from around the world. Now that summer’s here we’d like to share this French poem about summer that will heat you up! Below you’ll find the original French text to the poem Chaleur (Heat) by Anna de Noailles with a recording and an English translation. MP3 Recording of the […]
June 25th, 2015
It’s always great to celebrate the seasons with poetry! The poem Noche de verano (Summer Night) is a lovely poem we’ve chosen to share now that summer is finally here. It was written by Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875-1939). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading the original Spanish text […]
June 8th, 2015
Printemps (Springtime) is a lovely French poem written by Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885). Below you can hear the poem recited and follow along with the original French text and an English translation… MP3 of Printemps by Victor Hugo Printemps Voici donc les longs jours, lumière, amour, délire ! Voici le printemps ! mars, avril […]
April 10th, 2015
"Spring Song of the Swallow" is a lovely poem celebrating the joy of Spring. You can hear the poem sung in the recording below and read along with the text. MP3 Recording of Spring Song of the Swallow Spring Song of the Swallow by Marietta Holley Oh, the days are growing longer; So rang the […]
March 11th, 2015
The poem Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) seems to perfectly reflect the weather in New York right now. Below you can listen to an mp3 recording, while reading along with the poem. MP3 Recording of Winter’s Turning Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell Snow is still on the ground, But there is a […]
February 25th, 2014
"Snow Song" is a lovely poem by Sara Teasdale. You can read the poem and listen to two different recordings of it below – one is sung, the other recited. MP3 Recording of Snow Song – Sung MP3 Recording of Snow Song – Recited Snow Song By Sara Teasdale Fairy snow, fairy snow, Blowing, […]
July 8th, 2013
Pear Tree is a poem by Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961). Below you can listen to a recording while reading along with the text. MP3 Recording of Pear Tree Pear Tree Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than my arms can reach, you have mounted. O silver, higher than my arms can reach you front […]
March 21st, 2013
A poem about March… The Stormy Cold March Days Ho! for the stormy cold March days, Aye! There is nothing like them. Loud let us shout and sing their praise March is so proud and free. Snowy, blowy, wheezy, breezy, Sweeping up the winter’s snow, Freezing, pleasing, teasing unceasing. So do the March winds blow.
March 9th, 2013
MP3 of the Poem Old Winter Old Winter By Thomas Noel Old Winter sad and snowy clad, Is making a doleful din; But let him howl till he cracks his jowl, We will not let him in. Let him gnaw, forsooth, with his freezing tooth, On our roof-tiles, till he tire; But we care […]
February 9th, 2013
Snow is in the air! Here’s a poem called, "Snow in the Suburbs" by Thomas Hardy with an mp3 recording. Enjoy! Mama Lisa MP3 of Snow in the Suburbs Snow in the Suburbs Every branch big with it, Bent every twig with it; Every fork like a white web-foot; Every street and pavement mute: Some […]
December 10th, 2012
Here’s a poem about a wandering snowflake… MP3 Recording of Whenever a Snowflake Whenever A Snowflake Leaves the Sky When e’er a snowflake leaves the sky It turns and turns, to say good-bye. Good-bye, dear clouds, so cool and gray. Then turns and hastens on its way. But when a snowflake finds a tree Good-day, […]
"Little Snowflake" is a poem about Christmas by Hannah More Kahaus (1745-1833). You can listen to an mp3 recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 of Little Snowflake Little Snowflake Little snow-flake, soft and white, Drops down in the silent night ; Soft she came with steady poise, Making not a […]
December 9th, 2012
Advent is a poem about Christmas by Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). Here you can listen to an mp3 of the original poem in German while reading along with the text. After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Advent Advent Es treibt der Wind im Winterwalde die Flockenherde wie ein Hirt […]
August 8th, 2012
The poem "In August" was written by Babette Deutsch. Here you can listen to it while reading along with the poem. MP3 Recording of In August In August HEAT urges secret odors from the grass. Blunting the edge of silence, crickets shrill. Wings veer: inane needles of light, and pass. Laced pools: the warm wood-shadows […]
April 30th, 2012
The poem May Day by American poet Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) has lovely imagery. Though it seems to end on a melancholy note, you can think of it in light of appreciating the time on earth we have… MP3 of May Day May Day A delicate fabric of bird song Floats in the air, […]
April 25th, 2012
Here’s the poem Joys of Youth by English poet John Clare (1793 – 1864). MP3 of Joys of Youth Joys of Youth How pleasing simplest recollections seem Now summer comes it warms me to look back In the sweet happiness of youths wild track Varied and fleeting as a summer dream Here have I pausd […]
April 17th, 2012
Where the Bee Sucks is from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. In the play, it’s sung by the fairy spirit Ariel. You can read this lovely song below and listen along to two different renditions of it – one recited, the other sung. Where The Bee Sucks (Shakespeare) Where the bee sucks, there suck I: In […]
April 14th, 2012
MP3 of The Dandelion The Dandelion by Mrs. E. P. Erskine "Oh, dandelion, yellow as gold, What do you do all day?" "I just wait here in the long green grass Till the children come to play." "Oh, dandelion, yellow as gold, What do you do all night?" "I wait and wait while the cool […]
April 1st, 2012
A Bribe for Bunny By Marjorie Dillon I made a nest my very best, To hold my eggs from Bunny; I wish he’d hop right in and stop— Oh, wouldn’t that be funny? Some lettuce fine on which to dine I left, in hopes he’ll grab It: What fun ‘twould be, if I could see […]
March 27th, 2012
The poem Loveliest of trees, the cherry now by A. E. Housman (1859–1936) was written in 1896. To understand the poem, remember that at that time people referred to the number 20 as "score". Threescore meant 60. In the 2nd verse, when the author wrote, "of my threescore years and ten", he meant he’s expecting […]
March 22nd, 2012
Here’s the poem called Spring by Dante Gabriel Rossetti with an MP3 recording. MP3 Recording of Spring by Rossetti Spring Soft-littered is the new-year’s lambing fold, And in the hollowed haystack at its side The shepherd lies o’ night now, wakeful-eyed At the ewes’ travailing call through the dark cold. The young rooks cheep ‘mid […]
March 21st, 2012
Here’s the poem Early Spring by Fay Inchfawn with an mp3 recording… MP3 Recording of Early Spring Early Spring Quick through the gates of Fairyland The South Wind forced his way. ‘Twas his to make the Earth forget Her grief of yesterday. "’Tis mine," cried he, "to bring her joy!" And on his lightsome feet […]
January 20th, 2012
Here’s the poem "Windy Nights" by Robert Louis Stevenson with a recording and illustrations… MP3 Recording of Windy Nights Windy Nights By Robert Louis Stevenson Whenever the moon and stars are set, Whenever the wind is high, All night long in the dark and wet, A man goes riding by. Late in the night when […]
January 6th, 2012
Here’s a Chinese poem about early winter by Meng Haoran 孟浩然, a Chinese poet who lived from 689 or 691 to 740. First you’ll find the simplified Chinese text, followed by an English translation. Then you can listen to a recording of the poem in Mandarin and follow along with the Pinyin (pronunciation). After that […]
January 5th, 2012
Here’s the Dutch poem Winterstilte (Winter Silence) by Guido Gezelle who lived from 1830 to 1899. You can listen to the poem in the mp3 recording below and follow along with the Dutch text and then read a loose English translation… MP3 Recording of Winterstilte Winterstilte (Dutch) Een witte spree ligt overal gespreid op ‘s […]
January 3rd, 2012
Here’s a pretty little poem called January’s Garden by A.E.A., with a recording by me. MP3 Recording of January’s Garden January’s Garden All silver-white and silver-clear Are January’s bowers, And there bloom sparkling sprays of ice, And snowflake flowers.
October 21st, 2011
Here’s the French poem Papillons roux (Russet Butterflies) by Louis Codet (1876-1914). It’s about two little butterflies in Autumn. Below you’ll find the French poem with a recording followed by an English translation. MP3 of Papillons roux Papillons roux Deux petits papillons roux tourbillonnent, tourbillonnent Deux petits papillons roux tourbillonnent dans l’air doux et tombe […]
October 20th, 2011
Here’s the poem October by Florence Earle Coates (1850 – 1927) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of the Poem October SWEET are the woodland notes That gush melodious at morn from palpitating throats, In anthems fresh as dew! Ay, they are sweet! But from that dim retreat Where Evening muses through the pensive hours, There […]
Amanecer de otoño (Autumn Dawn) is a Spanish poem written by Antonio Machado (1875 – 1939). Here you’ll find the original text with an mp3 recording followed by an English translation… MP3 of Amanecer de otono Amanecer de otoño Una larga carretera entre grises peñascales, y alguna humilde pradera donde pacen negros toros. Zarzas, malezas, […]
October 19th, 2011
The French poem Matin d’Octobre by François Coppée (1842-1908) is about an early October morning. You’ll find the original French version with an mp3 here and an English translation below it. MP3 Recording of Matin d’Octobre Matin d’Octobre C’est l’heure exquise et matinale Que rougit un soleil soudain. À travers la brume automnale Tombent les […]
September 25th, 2011
cric-ket cric-ket cric-ket the summer is almost over but where will they go? mp3 of cric-ket by lisa and lila
August 24th, 2011
"Le temps a laissé son manteau" is a poem by French poet Charles d’Orléans (1394 – 1465). The title can be translated to English as "The Season Has Cast Off Its Coat". It’s about Winter turning into Spring. Here you can hear the poem, read the original in French and follow along with an English […]
August 9th, 2011
Here’s a poem about a 6 week old baby… Recording of the Poem Six Weeks Old Six Weeks Old by Christopher Morley He is so small, he does not know The summer sun, the winter snow; The spring that ebbs and comes again, All this is far beyond his ken. A little world he feels […]
May 9th, 2011
Here are 2 poems about dandelions and dandelion seed pods. "Pretty seeds, what makes you fly, Now here, now there, now low, now high?" "’Tis the wind lifts me! ‘Tis the wind drifts me Tosses me in merry play, Here and there and every way." -Laura E. Richards *** The Dandelion Cycle By Emilie Poulsson […]
April 27th, 2011
Here’s a poem about emotions called, "I Know Not Why" by Morris Rosenfeld (1869-1948). You can listen to it and read it below… MP3 of I know Not Why I Know Not Why By Morris Rosenfeld I lift mine eyes against the sky, The clouds are weeping, so am I; I lift mine eyes again […]
April 11th, 2011
This post is dedicated to the memory of my loving Aunt Carol. Days Too Short By William H. Davies When primroses are out in Spring, And small, blue violets come between; When merry birds sing on boughs green, And rills, as soon as born, must sing; When butterflies will make side-leaps, As though escaped from […]
March 30th, 2011
Here’s a lovely Swedish poem about a moonlit summer night. It was written by Finnish poet Edith Södergran (1892 – 1923). You can listen to the recording below and follow along with the original poem in Swedish. The you’ll find a loose English translation after the poem. MP3 of Nocturne as read by Johan Borg […]
February 21st, 2011
Here’s a pretty little poem by Thoreau. After the poem I gave the meanings of some lesser-known words in the poem. Mist By Henry David Thoreau MP3 Recording of Mist Low-anchored cloud, Newfoundland air, Fountain-head and source of rivers, Dew-cloth, dream-drapery, And napkin spread by fays; Drifting meadow of the air, Where bloom the daisied […]
January 7th, 2011
This poem will turn your mind inside-out! Maybe I felt that way because I was listening to this poem amid a bunch of Wallace Stevens’ other poems. They’re very unique. Older kids and adults will enjoy The Snow Man more than younger kids. You might have to read the poem a couple of times to […]
December 27th, 2010
Here’s a part of a poem about the snow by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. SNOWFLAKES Out of the Bosom of the Air, Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow, Descends the snow. I feel the first verse […]
December 7th, 2010
Listen to Who Loves the Trees Best? Who Loves the Trees Best? By Alice May Douglas Who loves the trees best? “I,” said the spring, “Their leaves so beautiful To them I bring.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” summer said, “I give them blossoms, White, yellow, red.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” said […]
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