Stuck at home again, thanks to snow. So here’s my top five snowy day poems:
5. “The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens. http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/stevens-snowman.html
4. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=171621
3. “Shoveling Snow with Buddha” by Billy Collins. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/shoveling-snow-with-buddha/
2. “The Bear” by Galway Kinnell. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19851
1. “[Zeus Rains Down Winter]” By Alceaus (early 6th cent. B.C., Greek):
Zeus rains upon us, and from the sky comes down
enormous winter. Rivers have turned to ice. . . .
Dash down the winter. Throw a log on the fire
and mix the flattering wine (do not water it
too much) and bind on round our foreheads
soft ceremonial wreaths of fleece.
We must not let our spirits give way to grief.
By being sorry we get no further on,
my Bukchis. Best of all defenses
is to mix plenty of wine, and drink it.
trans. Richard Lattimore