Summer

See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray'd,
And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade.

by Alexander Pope Click to read full poem

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Oh! How I long with you to pass my days, Invoke the muses, and resound your praise; Your praise the birds shall chant in ev'ry grove, And winds shall waft it to the pow'rs above........//// beautiful poetic expression
It is worth the effort to read 'Summer'. Alexander Pope now looks old-fashioned of course, but his genius endures. The last 2 lines stand out: 'On me Love's fiercer flames forever prey/ By night he scorches, as he burns by day'. How honest.
This harmless grove is grown with amazing effective night''s love. By night he scorches, as he burns by day and he fives summer amazement. An excellent poem this is. We appreciate the description of imagery.
The money made from his translation of Homer allowed Pope to move to a villa at Twickenham in 1719, where he created his now famous grotto and gardens. WOW! Then he deserved so well this poem as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hurray! Pope a name to never forget! A true writer of epic things, very long longe essays, worth and valuable to read. CONGRATULATIONS!
Great poem. Each and every mention of Greek and Roman God’s and words refreshed and enhanced my limited knowledge of it. So smooth and silky in it’s rhyme and rhythm.
First thing I think of is why a knowledge of Roman and Greek mythology is important for reading earlier English poetry. Then I notice Pope’s skill with heroic couplets—this poem flows smoothly and has richness as it combines a celebration of summer with the heat of love. -GK
A masterpiece, so inspiring.
on me love 's fierer flames for every prey By night he scorches, as he burns by the day" Great conceptualization and a great poem too.
A well-crafted poem, his patented style, I know him as one very uncompromising on poem's structure.
What a beautiful descriptive narrative by Poet Alexander Pope!
Amazing helped a lot
The quatrain 'Where'ere you walk...' is better known as Handel set it to music in Semele (which was staged the year before Pope died. Here is a YouTube link to it being sung by Anthony Rolfe Johnson https: //www.operamusica.com/artist/anthony-rolfe-johnson/video/45836
This was absolutely beautiful. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing this.
A distinguished poem in rhyming couplets about love, which is more intense at night than by day. The allusions to Greek mythology- Venus, Adonis, Diana- are all related in some way to love. Spellbinding.
The constancy of love as seen through the metaphor of the unremitting force of summer's heat
'Where-e'er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade, Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade, Where-e'er you tread, the blushing flow'rs shall rise, And all things flourish where you turn your eyes'...........Immortal lines for a sweetheart! , Beautiful poem!
excellent penned on summer love- Ye Gods! And is there no relief for Love? .... On me Love's fiercer flames for ever prey, By night he scorches, as he burns by day.
Tosin your poem is a wonderful but I am missing you great,I know someday we meet to part no more
Sounds like 18th century dogging.
Ye Gods! And is there no relief for Love? An enigmatic question that may remain unanswered.