Icon by Hayley Parke and Razlan Hanafiah (The Noun Project)
The Garden Year
Have fun with the poem by trying this...
Look at the way the poet describes the different months of the year in each 2 lines of this poem. Where can you see seasonal fruits and flowers, weather, changes in the natural world, and seasonal human activities?
Think about what changes the months bring where you live. If you live in a city, you might not see so many pretty lambs but you will notice other interesting changes. Then write your own poem copying the first 2-3 words of each verse but adding your own description of the months.
Each pair of lines in Sara Coleridge's poem rhymes and has four beats. It's up to you to decide if this pattern helps you to write your poem, or not.
Now read both Sara Coleridge's poem and yours out loud to someone. Talk to them about what their favourite month of the year is and what changes they notice taking place then.
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,
stirs 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 hand with posies.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.
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 falling fast.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire and Christmas treat.