I have always loved poetry, and I have always loved spring. Far and away my favorite poem in the world is Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Spring”:
Nothing is so beautiful as spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush,
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoling timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightening to hear him sing.
Try reading it out loud.
Did you notice something about the sounds?
It is written in a Welsh poetic tradition full of alliteration (words starting with the same letter) and “internal” rhymes that occur within the lines as well as at the ends. And the words sound just like what they are describing – anyone who has heard our American Wood Thrush, a relative of the English variety, knows how its song really does “rinse and ring” through the forest canopy.
I was so in love with Hopkins’ Welsh prosody (Dylan Thomas’s as well) that I wrote my own poetry in it. Fame-wise, that was one big mistake: in the sixties and seventies, when terse verbal minimalism was in fashion, I was often dismissed as “Tennysonian,” too “nineteenth century.”
Oh well, my poems sounded terrific when I read them out loud; I was quite popular on the poetry reading circuit and was once known as a “Georgia” and, later on, a “Wisconsin” poet. sic transit gloria mundi.