Changing Months And Seasons In Verse

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My book, A Posy Of Wild Flowers, looks at flowers and trees to be found during the year and this is done in verse/poetry. Today I am looking at verses I learnt in school to do with the months of the year.

The Garden Year
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 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 whirling fast.

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

The rhyme helps you to remember it, so you can quote it for different times of the year. It was written by, Sara Coleridge. She was the daughter of the famous poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Sara Coleridge

Today is is March Ist. This month we expect ‘breezes, loud and shrill, To stir the dancing daffodil.’

In January I took photos of the snow.

January brings the snow…

February did bring rain. Below is a photo by someone else, I chose to represent February in the rhyme.

Thaws the frozen lake again.

Suggested Activities

  • Take photos for each month to represent the weather and season in that month in your country
  • Write your own poem with a verse for each month
  • Draw or paint a picture for each month
  • Make a collage of pictures cut out from magazines to represent the months of the year

To finish, here is another old verse that helps you remember how many days in each month

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;

All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone.
Which only has but twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.

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