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Thursday, April 1, 2021

April's Inspiration

I recently discovered the poem, "Spring," by Edna St. Vincent Millay, which is posted atop this entry, and because we are now in National Poetry Month, I'm calling attention to it, on some levels, it reminds me of what T.S. Eliot has said re the month of April, and it is posted directly below.

I've published posts re Eliot's quote including ones from 2019, 2018 and 2011 and because I'm familar with his darker interpetation of what this month means, I wasn't surprised to read the words of Edna St. Vincent Millay when it comes to April.

However, I wonder if E.B. White might've been surprised to hear her words about this month, given what he wrote about this poet in his mini New Yorker essay, "WRITER AT WORK" (published in 1927).It is posted in the next text-based image.

Milay may not have seen Washington's cherry blossoms as a "glorious spectacle" and she may have even resented having a theme "laid out" for her, after all she had her own ideas about springtime.

Poet, Mary Oliver, who is known to have been very influenced by Milay has this "take"  on April (in her poem "Blossoom" — posted below).

And I'll leave it here on this first day of April and the onset of National Poetry Month but I'll post more poems as the month continues — and that's no Apil Fool!

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