“From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.”
Sonnet 98, William Shakespeare.

Spring has longed captured the imagination of poets tapping into the ideas of optimism, change and mortality that the season brings with it. This month we’ve curated some of our favourite Spring related poems in the Archive that circle around themes of rebirth, change and hope.

Frog Spring - Valerie Gillies
A Shropshire Lad II: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now - A E Housman - Read by Alan Brownjohn
The Glen - Kathleen Jamie
Daisies of Florence - Kathleen Raine
Cherry Tree, at Dusk - Stewart Conn
Days of Remembrance: The Ancestors - Riemke Ensing