Mark Van Doren

(June 13, 1894 – December 10, 1972 / Hope, Illinois,)

After Long Drought - Poem by Mark Van Doren

After long drought, commotion in the sky;
After dead silence, thunder. Then it comes,
The rain. It slashes leaves, and doubly drums
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Comments about After Long Drought by Mark Van Doren

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/13/2016 8:08:00 AM)


    Nice lines..
    The whole world dreamed of this, and has it now.
    Nor was the waking easy. The dull root
    Is jealous of its death; the sleepy brow
    Smiles in its slumber; and a heart can fear
    The very flood it longed for, roaring near.
    The spirit best remembers being mute.
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  • (1/13/2016 6:28:00 AM)


    Amazing narration of plight during drought and sigh of relief and awe due to thunder storm and heavy rains at the end of it's lengthy spell. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Richmond (9/18/2014 5:19:00 AM)


    This is amazing, did they really have droughts before global warming? (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/18/2014 12:57:00 AM)


    Through Drought, poet painted the agony of life and post happiness as thunder, rain and...... (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2005 9:58:00 PM)


    i had to recite this at school...i fell in love with it...j.i. (Report) Reply








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