A March Poem

This is a happy poem about the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Recently, in Raleigh, it seems like winter will never end! Maybe spring will come soon! 

“A March Poem”

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)


Pastoral Scene (Wikimedia Commons)

The cock is crowing, 

The stream is flowing,

The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter
The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest
Are at work with the strongest;
The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!
Like an army defeated 

The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill
On the top of the bare hill;
The plowboy is whooping- anon-anon:
There’s joy in the mountains; 

There’s life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing,
Blue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone!

Pastoral Cows (Wikimedia Commons)

Pastoral Cows (Wikimedia Commons)

This poem is very old, and maybe a little difficult to understand. Here is a different version. Click on the link for vocabulary words: 

The rooster is crowing . . . the river is flowing . . . the birds are singing . . . the lake is shining . . . the field is green

Everyone is working outside. . . the cows are eating a lot!

The snow is gone. . . the farmers are singing while they work

The mountains are happy. . . small clouds are in the sky. . . the sky is blue. . . the rain is gone!

Can you see the pictures in your head? It is a nice scene!

Notice how every sentence uses “IS” or “ARE.”

We use “be” in the PRESENT PROGRESSIVE tense to describe what is happening in this moment (verbs).

We use “be” in the SIMPLE PRESENT tense to describe characteristics.

Answer these questions in a complete sentence in the comments section:

1. What are the birds doing?

2. What are the farmers doing?

3. What color is the sky?

4. Is it raining?

EXTRA: What is your perfect spring?! In the city or in the country? With animals? Write your own poem, describing what is happening and what you see. 

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