1. Two famous takes on April

    THE OPTIMIST

    When April with his showers sweet with fruit

    The drought of March has pierced unto the root

    And bathed each vein with liquor that has power

    To generate therein and sire the flower.

    (-Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales)

    THE PESSIMIST 

    April is the cruellest month, breeding

    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

    Memory and desire, stirring

    Dull roots with spring rain.

    (-T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland)

    *Photograph by Toni Frissell, 1947.

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