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GREAT AMERICAN AUTHORS
MARCH

Thou bring'st the hope of those calm skies
And that soft time of sunny showers.
When the wide bloom, on earth that lies,
Seems of a brighter world than ours.

NOTES AND QUESTIONS
Discussion
. 1. What peculiarities of March weather have you observed? 2. How does the poet regard March? Why? 3. What reasons does the poet give for calling March "a welcome month"? Another poet, Helen Hunt Jackson, says:
" Oh, March! we know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April's violets!"
Do you agree with her? 4. Why does the poet say "the full springs are just set out to meet the sea"? 5. What season is indicated in lines 21 and 22, page 337? 6. How does "the year's departing beauty" hide the threat of winter storms? 7. What "kindly promise" is meant? 8. In whose "sternest frown" does it abide? 9. To what month does the last stanza refer? 10. Memorize the last stanza. 11. How does the March of Bryant's poem compare with that described by Wordsworth (page 61) ? 12. Find in the Glossary the meaning of: train; sullen.

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