Quotes About the Month of April From Great Writers

This time of transition has inspired poets and writers

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April is a month of transition. It arrives when winter has just ended and spring is beginning, symbolizing a period of rebirth. With this roundup of quotes about April, learn how writers from William Shakespeare to Mark Twain viewed this key month of the year.

The Nature of April

Many poets and writers have focused on the natural beauty present in April—birds singing, rainbows, and the first flowers of spring.

"A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, A cloud, and a rainbow's warning, Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue—An April day in the morning." - Harriet Prescott Spofford, "April"

"Again the blackbirds sings; the streams / Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams, / And tremble in the April showers / The tassels of the maple flowers." - John Greenleaf Whittier, "The Singer"

"April comes like an idiot, babbling and stewing flowers." - Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Now the noisy winds are still; / April's coming up the hill! / All the spring is in her train, / Led by shining ranks of rain; / Pit, pat, patter, clatter, / Sudden sun and clatter patter! . . . / All things ready with a will, / April's coming up the hill!" - Mary Mapes Dodge, "Now the Noisy Winds Are Still"

"Sweet April showers / Do spring May flowers." - Thomas Tusser

"When April winds / Grew soft, the maple burst into a flush / Of scarlet flowers. / The tulip tree, high up, / Opened, in airs of June, her multitude / Of golden chalices to humming birds / And silken-wing'd insects of the sky." - William Cullen Bryant, "The Fountain"

A Month of Symbolism

For many writers, April symbolizes youth, newness, and promise. However, for some poets (such as T.S. Eliot), April also stirs up memories and prompts reminiscences of the past.

"April... hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - William Shakespeare

"April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain." - T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep." - Hal Borland

"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go." - Christopher Morley, "John Mistletoe"

April Showers as Tears 

Some poets and writers have described April rains as tears, symbolizing the passing of time and the changing of the seasons.

"Every tear is answered by a blossom, / Every sigh with songs and laughter blent, / April-blooms upon the breezes toss them. / April knows her own, and is content."
- Susan Coolidge (Sarah Chauncey Woolsey), "April"

"For April sobs while these are so glad / April weeps while these are so gay,— / Weeps like a tired child who had, / Playing with flowers, lost its way."- Helen Hunt Jackson, "Verses—April"

"Old April wanes, and her last dewy morn / Her death-bed steeps in tears; to hail the May / New blooming blossoms 'neath the sun are born, / And all poor April's charms are swept away." - John Clare, "The Last of April"

"Sweet April's tears, Dead on the hem of May." - Alexander Smith, "A Life Drama"

A Period of Joy and Promise

For many poets and writers, April symbolizes renewal and rebirth.

"Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers." - Byron Caldwell Smith

"Sweet April-time—O cruel April-time! / Year after year returning, with a brow / Of promise, and red lips with longing paled, / And backward-hidden hands that clutch the joys / Of vanished springs, like flowers." - Mrs. Craik (Dinah Maria Mulock), "April"

"The April winds are magical, / And thrill our tuneful frames; / The garden-walks are passional / To bachelors and dames." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "April"

"The children with the streamlets sing, / When April stops at last her weeping; / And every happy growing thing / Laughs like a babe just roused from sleeping." - Lucy Larcom, "The Sister Months"

"April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.""The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." - Mark Twain

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill. / You know how it is with an April day. / When the sun is out and the wind is still, / You're one month on in the middle of May." - Robert Frost, "Two Tramps in Mud Time"

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