William Bliss Carman

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William Bliss Carman – 2 April 2007

William Bliss Carman, who published under the name “Bliss Carman,” was the son of William Carman and Sophia Mary Bliss. He was born 15 April 1861.

A Canadian poet, editor, and essayist, he is considered the “unofficial poet laureate of Canada.” He died 8 June 1929.

I had a hard time deciding which one of his several wonderful “April” poems to choose for today, and finally picked this one:

By Bliss Carman (1861-1929)

April now in morning clad
Like a gleaming oread,
With the south wind in her voice,
Comes to bid the world rejoice.

With the sunlight on her brow,
Through her veil of silver showers,
April o'er New England now
Trails her robe of woodland flowers, –

Violet and anemone;
While along the misty sea,
Pipe at lip, she seems to blow
Haunting airs of long ago.

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