Helen Hunt Jackson

(18 October 1830 – 12 August 1885 / Amherst, Massachusetts)

A Calendar Of Sonnets: April - Poem by Helen Hunt Jackson

No days such honored days as these! While yet
Fair Aphrodite reigned, men seeking wide
For some fair thing which should forever bide
On earth, her beauteous memory to set
In fitting frame that no age could forget,
Her name in lovely April's name did hide,
And leave it there, eternally allied
To all the fairest flowers Spring did beget.
And when fair Aphrodite passed from earth,
Her shrines forgotten and her feasts of mirth,
A holier symbol still in seal and sign,
Sweet April took, of kingdom most divine,
When Christ ascended, in the time of birth
Of spring anemones, in Palestine.


Comments about A Calendar Of Sonnets: April by Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (4/2/2016 7:03:00 PM)

    This poem is so beautiful... (Report) Reply

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  • Laron Green Sr. Laron Green Sr. (4/2/2016 5:01:00 PM)

    good penmanship Keep it up (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/2/2016 3:22:00 PM)

    the rhyme scheme was smooth and silky and didn't interfere with the flow of words and its sense- poetically exquisite (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (4/2/2016 12:11:00 PM)

    From earth with our works! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (4/2/2016 12:02:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading this, although I find I cannot connect to poems with overtly religious references. I am curious about the line Her name in lovely April's name did hide - is she implying that the name of the month comes from the name Aphrodite? I checked this out on Wikipedia. Apparently the derivation of the name April (Aprilis, in Latin) is uncertain, although it does say it could be from the Latin verb 'aperire' - to open. Wiki goes on to say that since Aprilis was sacred to the Goddess Venus, the Roman equivalent of Aphrodite, it is possible that the month might have originally been called 'Aphrilis.' There - language lesson over, , , (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rahalkab (4/2/2016 9:02:00 AM)

    Very nice. Much better than the 6.0 rating given by the 48 voters so far! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/2/2016 7:55:00 AM)

    .....a wonderful tribute to april ★ (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/2/2016 4:43:00 AM)

    A beautifully envisioned poem about april and the spring. It is meaningful and inspirational too. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (8/28/2012 9:25:00 AM)

    She left us a long time ago, but the beauty of her words and the wisdom will stay forerver... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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