Puget Sound English Department

March 13, 2009

Quotations for Spring, Etc.

blossomsHere’s hoping everyone has a pleasant, safe Spring Break. . . .

. . . .Reminder: deadlines for Crosscurrents, the Wagner fiction contest, the N.C. Handy poetry contest, and the Heuston literature contest are coming up. . . .

And here are two quotations for Spring, courtesy of Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary of Quotations (Massachusetts: Merriam-Wegbster, 2000;  pp. 371-373):

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

–Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind”

(In the case of Tacoma this particular year, the answer might be “Yes.”)

And here are some of the most optimistic lines to be found in English poetry:

The year’s at the spring

And day’s at the morn;

Morning’s at seven;

The hill-side’s dew pearled;

The lark’s on the wing;

The snail’s on the thorn;

God’s in his heaven–

All’s right with the world.

–Robert Browning, Pippa Passes

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