Tag Archives: Winter

How to Celebrate a Winter Storm

Here’s a January poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti that will cheer you up if you’re being currently battered.

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Blizzard Jonas: How the Wind Doth Ramm!

In “Ancient Music” Ezra Pound voices what all those who were hit hard by the weekend’s Jonas Blizzard were thinking–and often saying.

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From the Dark, Cold Grime a Flower Comes

Mary Ann Bernard shows spring coming only with difficulty–but being all the more meaningful because of that.

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Poem for Coping with Depression

Mary Oliver’s “Poem for a Blue Heron” is a hopeful but realistic poem about coping with depression.

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What Extreme Cold Teaches Us

As Coleridge and Mary Oliver teach us, when we are trapped in extreme cold, we come to value life.

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First Snowfall, A Moment of Grace

For Mary Oliver, the season’s first snow fall raises existential questions and then answers them in its own way.

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The Comfort of Axe Biting into Wood

In “Tinkers,” Paul Harding talks about the spiritual meaning of the aches and pains in a cold morning.

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Praise the Wet Snow

In her poem about a gray October day, Denise Levertov senses “the invisible sun burning beyond.”

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Velvet Shoes, Walking in Snow

“We shall walk in velvet shoes,” writes poet Elinor Wylie, describing the experience of walking in snow.

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What Can I Give Him? Give Him My Heart

Spiritual Sunday Snow currently blankets southern Maryland as we enter the final days leading up to Christmas, making this the perfect time to print Christina Rossetti’s gorgeous poem, “In the Bleak Midwinter.” I love how it begins with hard and cold images and concludes with a simple gift of the heart. Although God is worshipped […]

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Gripped by a Mind of Winter

Snow is pounding us for the third time in two weeks and classes once again have been canceled.  Significantly enough, I have been forced once again to postpone Midsummer Night’s Dream.  “Where are the songs of spring?  Ay, where are they?” queries Keats (although he’s asking from the vantage point of autumn, not that of […]

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