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April 11, 2006

Lang's 10 hues

Hughes and Frost -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

In Time of Silver Rain

In the time of silver rain
The earth
Puts forth new life again
Green grasses grow
And flowers life their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads
Of life,
Of life
Of life!”
In time of silver rain
The butterflies
Lift silken wings
To catch a rainbow cry,
And trees put forth
New leaves to sing
In joy beneath the sky
As down the roadway
Passing boys and girls
Go singing too
In time of silver rain
When spring
And life
Are new

This one appealed to me as much as the others, but I Langston Hughes’ sense of rhythm. It’s jubilant, colorful and, in this case, and far more appealing to me than Wallace Stevens, who was supposed to be expert at using cadence.

It occurred to me many of the poems in our book could probably be sung, hence the blues connection, I suppose. But they’re very lyrical in their presentation.

Posted by MattHampton at April 11, 2006 12:52 AM


Punderful title, Matt.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 11, 2006 09:13 AM

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