In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
Are you alive?
I touch you.
You quiver like a sea-fish.
I cover you with my net.
What are you—banded one?
Winter is here, with holidays and frozen toes, with endings and beginnings.
The days are short. The nights are long. The air is cold. Good time to light a candle.
Here are are some poems, offered for your winter enjoyment by The Academy of American Poets.
- "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
- "Fishing in Winter" by Ralph Burns
- "splitting firewood on a winter afternoon" by Ben Shane
- "Winter: My Secret" by Christina Rossetti
- "Cut Off the Ears of Winter" by Peter Covino
- "A Winter Blue Jay" by Sara Teasdale
- "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens
- "Winter Poem" by Robert Bly (video)
- "Winter Field" by Joanna Klink (audio)
- "Lines for Winter" by Mark Strand (audio)
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A metaphor makes a comparison, and in doing so shapes our perception. If we say, "Time is a river," we're noting a certain similarity between the two. Yet we know they aren't identical. We may mean that time is fluid, has currents and eddies, empties into some vast ocean, but not that it's composed of water. If we say, "Time is a stone," we may mean it's silent, still, indifferent, but not that it's a mineral.Read more ...
-- the no praise/no blame method
As a reader, you may find it hard to speak frankly in the poet's presence about words, images, and ideas charged with personal expression. Yet in doing so, you help the writer see how the poem affects another person, and how it might evolve in a future draft.Read more ...
In poetry, stanzas are visual groupings of lines. A group of two lines is called a couplet. A three line stanza is called a tercet. A four line stanza is a quatrain, and a five line stanza is a quintet. Two other common lengths are a sestet, six lines; and an octave, eight lines.Read more ...