Helen Hunt Jackson

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

A Calendar Of Sonnets: August

Poem by Helen Hunt Jackson

Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects' aimless industry.
Pathetic summer seeks by blazonry
Of color to conceal her swift decrease.
Weak subterfuge! Each mocking day doth fleece
A blossom, and lay bare her poverty.
Poor middle-aged summer! Vain this show!
Whole fields of Golden-Rod cannot offset
One meadow with a single violet;
And well the singing thrush and lily know,
Spite of all artifice which her regret
Can deck in splendid guise, their time to go!

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

  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/2/2016 3:28:00 PM)

    I enjoyed this poem so much more than the one on April- - this one demands an emotional response along with an aesthetic response to its sheer beauty(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/2/2016 4:46:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem narrating the manifestations of nature during the month of august. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003