Summer Showers

Emily Dickinson

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D recorded on the 25th of June 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest poets to emerge from the USA. It wasn’t until after her death in 1886, when over 1800 of her poems were discovered, that her real genius came to prominence. On this show we read and discuss her poem Summer Showers and look into why she still has an influence in the study and development of poetry.

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Summer Shower

A drop fell on the apple tree,

Another on the roof;

A half a dozen kissed the eaves,

And made the gables laugh.


A few went out to help the brook,

That went to help the sea.

Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,

What necklaces could be!


The dust replaced in hoisted roads,

The birds jocoser sung;

The sunshine threw his hat away,

The orchards spangles hung.


The breezes brought dejected lutes,

And bathed them in the glee;

The East put out a single flag,

And signed the fete away.


Emily Dickinson.