Garden Year, The

by Sara Coleridge

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

March brings breezes, loud and shrill,
To stir the dancing daffodil.

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.

Hot July brings cooling showers
Apricots and gilly flowers.

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

Warm September brings the fruit;
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Fresh October brings the pheasant;
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.

Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling fast.

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.

 

 


Camille Pissarro

Title:

Garden Year, the

Poet:

Coleridge, Sara

Year of Publication:

1834

Age Appropriate:

7-8

Form:

Couplet

Stanza:

12

Lines:

24

Rhyme:

aa;bb;cc;dd;...

Literary Period:

Victorian

Things to Discuss:

Why is the title "Garden Year?" This poem was written long ago, is everything true for each month today? What would be different? Draw a picture to match each month.

About the Poem:

From a collection titled Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children.

About the Poet:

Sara Coleridge was an English writer, daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. She was self-taught through the use of an extensive library in her home.