Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Next Year's Spring - Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE bed of flowers

Loosens amain,
The beauteous snowdrops

Droop o'er the plain.
The crocus opens

Its glowing bud,
Like emeralds others,

Others, like blood.
With saucy gesture

Primroses flare,
And roguish violets,

Hidden with care;
And whatsoever

There stirs and strives,
The Spring's contented,

If works and thrives.

'Mongst all the blossoms

That fairest are,
My sweetheart's sweetness

Is sweetest far;
Upon me ever

Her glances light,
My song they waken,

My words make bright,
An ever open

And blooming mind,
In sport, unsullied,

In earnest, kind.
Though roses and lilies

By Summer are brought,
Against my sweetheart

Prevails he nought.


Comments about Next Year's Spring by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Susan Williams (3/13/2016 3:24:00 PM)


    He just doesn't say - the flowers are blooming- - he gets into their individuality:
    - - - - - - - - - - -The beauteous snowdrops
    Droop o'er the plain.
    - - - - - - - - - - -The crocus opens
    Its glowing bud,
    - - - - - - - - - - -Others, like blood.
    With saucy gesture
    - - - - - - - - - - -Primroses flare,
    And roguish violets,
    Hidden with care;
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Goethe takes care with the details of life and nature which makes his love protestations so much sweeter
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  • (3/13/2016 10:56:00 AM)


    .......a dreamy write with beautiful diction ★ (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2016 10:35:00 AM)


    Would be manifestations of nature in next year's spring portrayed through superb imagery by the great poet. Thanks for sharing here. (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2016 8:23:00 AM)


    Needs the German alongside. Another of these 'distant beloveds' that populate the Goethe canon. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/13/2016 1:53:00 AM)


    And this will continue for many more years to come....Nice poem, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/13/2016 12:46:00 AM)


    The bed of flowers! With the muse of nature. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/13/2016 12:28:00 AM)


    her glances light, my song they awaken. Nice piece (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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