Spring into Poetry: Find Inspiration Today!

Meadowy, blue sky abstract background with book that has wildflowers sprouting from its pages. Text: San Jose Public Library's Spring Into Poetry Contest.

It’s April! Time for sunshine, spring showers, blooming flowers, even love. Well, modernist poet T.S. Eliot might not agree. In his poem “The Waste Land”, he famously writes,

April is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Eliot isn't the only one. Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dorothy Parker also wrote poems describing April as a time of lament or lost love. For this week’s prompt, think about what this time of the year means for you. New beginnings? Sorrow? Something in between? Neither? Both?

Enter the Spring into Poetry Contest

During our Fourth Annual Spring into Poetry Contest this April, we'll be posting helpful writing prompts to inspire your own writing. Whether you try out this prompt or something else, enter your poem for a chance to win prizes!

More Eliot, Millay, and Parker

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