Shall we compare thee to a summer’s day? Hm, no, maybe not. But summer does inspire some lush, passionate poetry and artwork. Here are some poems and visual art we found in the JSTOR and Artstor digital libraries, available for free PDF/JPG download!
“Summer Work,” by Mary Oliver
by Jerome B. Thompson (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1984.252.1) Summer Flowers
“Desultory Summer Poem,” by Geoffrey Grigson
by Mishima Shōsō (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of Donald Keene, in honor of Julia Meech-Pekarik, 1986 ; JP3710) Watching Fireflies on a Summer Night
“Summer Poem #1,” by Mina Kumar
by Emil Ganso (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1940; 40.111.109) Summer Evening
“Summer Poem #3,” by Matthew Zapruder
by Henri Fantin-Latour (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1997.347) Summer Flowers
“Summer Evening,” by Isabella Gardner
by Claude Monet (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 51.30.3) Vétheuil in Summer
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The Phi Beta Kappa Society
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Journal of South Asian Literature, Vol. 31/32, No. 1/2 (1996/1997), pp. 86-87
Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University
Ploughshares, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2015), p. 214
The Sewanee Review, Vol. 62, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1954), p. 454
The Johns Hopkins University Press