Friday, January 23, 2015
Poetry Friday: Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay
This week's poetry party is being hosted by Tara at A Teaching Life. Thanks for hosting today, Tara. Be sure to hop on over there to see what other poems are being shared today.
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) is one of my favorite poets, but so much of her poetry can be a little too sophisticated for young readers and would-be poets. Here is one that I found always worked well for introducing Millay's poems to students and would-be poets:
AFTERNOON ON A HILL
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!
When I was still a classroom teacher, after a week of working hard, Friday afternoons were always set aside to do relaxing activities (that is, activities things that weren't graded). It was the perfect time to bring in a little extra poetry and start a discussion.