I was covering this poem with my Y11 class this week when I finally came to some kind of understanding of the recurring sea imagery. I find it sometimes takes someone else talking about a text to give me focussed thinking space in order to consider these things; and, as the group were feeding back their analysis of the poem, I had one of those wonderful moments when I saw something that had previously eluded me.
The first days of Spring break
Winter’s grip on the world.
The snows retreat,
the frosts diminish,
and the frozen earth
gives birth to new life.
Snowdrops pale the greening grass,
early petals splash a fractured rainbow,
and daffodils nod like kings,
their crowns asserting life’s dominion.
Nature unites in a glorious wave
goodbye to what has passed;
and every new year savours like success,
reminding all that lives that life is blessed.