Amy Lowell - Spring Day
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The day is fresh-washed and fair, and there is
a smell of tulips and narcissus
in the air.
The sunshine pours in at the bath-room window and
bores through the water
in the bath-tub in lathes1 and planes of greenish-white.  It
cleaves2 the water
into flaws like a jewel, and cracks it to bright light.
Little spots of sunshine lie on the surface of
the water and dance, dance,
and their reflections wobble deliciously over the ceiling; a stir
of my finger
sets them whirring, reeling.  I move a foot, and the planes
of light
in the water jar.  I lie back and laugh, and let the green-white
the sun-flawed beryl water, flow over me.  The day is
too bright to bear, the green water covers me from the too bright
I will lie here awhile and play with the water and the sun spots.
The sky is blue and high.  A crow flaps
by the window, and there is
a whiff of tulips and narcissus in the air.

Breakfast Table
In the fresh-washed sunlight, the breakfast table
is decked and white.
It offers itself in flat surrender, tendering tastes, and smells,
and colours, and metals, and grains, and the white cloth falls over
its side,
draped and wide.  Wheels of white glitter in the silver
hot and spinning like catherine-wheels, they whirl, and twirl --
and my eyes
begin to smart, the little white, dazzling wheels prick3 them like
Placid5 and peaceful, the rolls of bread spread themselves in the
sun to bask6.
A stack of butter-pats, pyramidal, shout orange through the white,
flutter, call:  "Yellow!  Yellow!  Yellow!"  Coffee
steam rises in a stream,
clouds the silver tea-service with mist, and twists up into the
revolved, involuted, suspiring higher and higher, fluting7 in a thin
up the high blue sky.  A crow flies by and croaks8 at the
coffee steam.
The day is new and fair with good smells in the air.

Over the street the white clouds meet, and sheer
away without touching9.
On the sidewalks, boys are playing marbles.  Glass
with amber10 and blue hearts, roll together and part with a sweet
clashing noise.  The boys strike them with black and red
striped agates11.
The glass marbles spit crimson12 when they are hit, and slip into
the gutters
under rushing brown water.  I smell tulips and narcissus
in the air,
but there are no flowers anywhere, only white dust whipping up the
and a girl with a gay Spring hat and blowing skirts.  The
dust and the wind
flirt at her ankles and her neat, high-heeled patent leather shoes.  Tap,
the little heels pat the pavement, and the wind rustles13 among the
on her hat.
A water-cart crawls slowly on the other side of
the way.  It is green and gay
with new paint, and rumbles14 contentedly15, sprinkling clear water
the white dust.  Clear zigzagging16 water, which smells
of tulips and narcissus.
The thickening branches make a pink `grisaille'
against the blue sky.
Whoop17!  The clouds go dashing at each
other and sheer away just in time.
Whoop!  And a man's hat careers down the street in front
of the white dust,
leaps into the branches of a tree, veers18 away and trundles ahead
of the wind,
jarring the sunlight into spokes19 of rose-colour and green.
A motor-car cuts a swathe through the bright air,
sharp-beaked, irresistible,
shouting to the wind to make way.  A glare of dust and
tosses together behind it, and settles down.  The sky
is quiet and high,
and the morning is fair with fresh-washed air.

Midday and Afternoon
Swirl of crowded streets.  Shock and
recoil20 of traffic.  The stock-still
brick facade21 of an old church, against which the waves of people
lurch and withdraw.  Flare22 of sunshine down side-streets.  Eddies23
of light
in the windows of chemists' shops, with their blue, gold, purple
darting colours far into the crowd.  Loud bangs and tremors,
murmurings out of high windows, whirring of machine belts,
blurring of horses and motors.  A quick spin and shudder25
of brakes
on an electric car, and the jar of a church-bell knocking against
the metal blue of the sky.  I am a piece of the town,
a bit of blown dust,
thrust along with the crowd.  Proud to feel the pavement
under me,
reeling with feet.  Feet tripping, skipping, lagging,
plodding doggedly26, or springing up and advancing on firm elastic27
A boy is selling papers, I smell them clean and new from the press.
They are fresh like the air, and pungent28 as tulips and narcissus.
The blue sky pales to lemon, and great tongues
of gold blind the shop-windows,
putting out their contents in a flood of flame.

Night and Sleep
The day takes her ease in slippered29 yellow.  Electric
signs gleam out
along the shop fronts, following each other.  They grow,
and grow,
and blow into patterns of fire-flowers as the sky fades.  Trades
in spots of light at the unruffled night.  Twinkle, jab,
snap, that means
a new play; and over the way:  plop, drop, quiver, is
the sidelong
sliver of a watchmaker's sign with its length on another street.
A gigantic mug of beer effervesces30 to the atmosphere over a tall
but the sky is high and has her own stars, why should she heed31 ours?
I leave the city with speed.  Wheels
whirl to take me back to my trees
and my quietness.  The breeze which blows with me is fresh-washed
and clean,
it has come but recently from the high sky.  There are
no flowers
in bloom yet, but the earth of my garden smells of tulips and narcissus.
My room is tranquil32 and friendly.  Out
of the window I can see
the distant city, a band of twinkling gems34, little flower-heads
with no stems.
I cannot see the beer-glass, nor the letters of the restaurants
and shops
I passed, now the signs blur24 and all together make the city,
glowing on a night of fine weather, like a garden stirring and blowing
for the Spring.
The night is fresh-washed and fair and there is
a whiff of flowers in the air.
Wrap me close, sheets of lavender.  Pour
your blue and purple dreams
into my ears.  The breeze whispers at the shutters35 and
queer tales of old days, and cobbled streets, and youths leaping
their horses
down marble stairways.  Pale blue lavender, you are the
colour of the sky
when it is fresh-washed and fair . . . I smell the stars . . . they
are like
tulips and narcissus . . . I smell them in the air.


1 lathes cd4be0c134cfc2d344542ceda5ac462c     
车床( lathe的名词复数 )
  • They showed keen interest in the various lathes on exhibition. 他们对展出中的各类车床表现出了浓厚的兴趣。
  • To automate the control process of the lathes has become very easy today. 使机床的控制过程自动化现已变得很容易了。
2 cleaves c27c1bcb90d778c20962b4f1d5c9c0fc     
v.劈开,剁开,割开( cleave的第三人称单数 )
  • This wood cleaves easily. 这木材好劈。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The water cleaves the banks away like a knife. 河水象一把刀似的,把两岸削掉。 来自辞典例句
3 prick QQyxb     
  • He felt a sharp prick when he stepped on an upturned nail.当他踩在一个尖朝上的钉子上时,他感到剧烈的疼痛。
  • He burst the balloon with a prick of the pin.他用针一戳,气球就爆了。
4 darts b1f965d0713bbf1014ed9091c7778b12     
n.掷飞镖游戏;飞镖( dart的名词复数 );急驰,飞奔v.投掷,投射( dart的第三人称单数 );向前冲,飞奔
  • His darts trophy takes pride of place on the mantelpiece. 他将掷镖奖杯放在壁炉顶上最显著的地方。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I never saw so many darts in a bodice! 我从没见过紧身胸衣上纳了这么多的缝褶! 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 placid 7A1yV     
  • He had been leading a placid life for the past eight years.八年来他一直过着平静的生活。
  • You should be in a placid mood and have a heart-to- heart talk with her.你应该心平气和的好好和她谈谈心。
6 bask huazK     
  • Turtles like to bask in the sun.海龟喜欢曝于阳光中。
  • In winter afternoons,he likes to bask in the sun in his courtyard.冬日的午后,他喜欢坐在院子晒太阳。
7 fluting f3fee510c45657173b971df4f89e0c64     
有沟槽的衣料; 吹笛子; 笛声; 刻凹槽
  • Fluting andsing ing are heard all night. 笙歌不夜。
  • The slaves were fluting the pillars of the temples. 奴隶们正在庙宇的柱子上刻凹槽。
8 croaks 79095b2606858d4d3d1e57833afa7e65     
v.呱呱地叫( croak的第三人称单数 );用粗的声音说
  • A burst of noisy croaks came from the pond. 从池塘里传来了一阵喧噪的蛙鸣。 来自互联网
  • The noise in the zoo turned out to be the croaks of bullfrogs. 动物园里喧噪得很,原来是一群牛蛙在叫。 来自互联网
9 touching sg6zQ9     
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
10 amber LzazBn     
  • Would you like an amber necklace for your birthday?你过生日想要一条琥珀项链吗?
  • This is a piece of little amber stones.这是一块小小的琥珀化石。
11 agates 06db73de1665a768a003d8db2d4fe12f     
n.玛瑙( agate的名词复数 );玛瑙制(或装有玛瑙的)工具; (小孩玩的)玛瑙纹玩具弹子;5。5磅铅字
  • The colorful agates are engraved for pursuing lofty spirit. 绚丽的玛尼石,镌刻着崇高的精神追求。 来自互联网
  • Today, Earth teems with thousands of kinds of minerals, from agates to zircons. 现在,地球上到处是各种各样的矿物,从玛瑙到锆石应有尽有。 来自互联网
12 crimson AYwzH     
  • She went crimson with embarrassment.她羞得满脸通红。
  • Maple leaves have turned crimson.枫叶已经红了。
13 rustles 671aea3ac7ab99679fdf6f1c02ac274c     
n.发出沙沙的声音( rustle的名词复数 )v.发出沙沙的声音( rustle的第三人称单数 )
  • A slight breeze rustles the tan grass. 微风拂来,黄褐色的草沙沙作响。 来自互联网
14 rumbles 5286f3d60693f7c96051c46804f0df87     
隆隆声,辘辘声( rumble的名词复数 )
  • If I hear any rumbles I'll let you know. 我要是听到什么风声就告诉你。
  • Three blocks away train rumbles by. 三个街区以外,火车隆隆驶过。
15 contentedly a0af12176ca79b27d4028fdbaf1b5f64     
  • My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe.父亲坐着心满意足地抽着烟斗。
  • "This is brother John's writing,"said Sally,contentedly,as she opened the letter.
16 zigzagging 3a075bffeaf9d8f393973a0cb70ff1b6     
v.弯弯曲曲地走路,曲折地前进( zigzag的现在分词 );盘陀
  • She walked along, zigzagging with her head back. 她回头看着,弯弯扭扭地向前走去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We followed the path zigzagging up the steep slope. 我们沿着小径曲曲折折地爬上陡坡。 来自互联网
17 whoop qIhys     
  • He gave a whoop of joy when he saw his new bicycle.他看到自己的新自行车时,高兴得叫了起来。
  • Everybody is planning to whoop it up this weekend.大家都打算在这个周末好好欢闹一番。
18 veers ed7b7db2261306e4d9d609f20d475bbc     
v.(尤指交通工具)改变方向或路线( veer的第三人称单数 );(指谈话内容、人的行为或观点)突然改变;(指风) (在北半球按顺时针方向、在南半球按逆时针方向)逐渐转向;风向顺时针转
  • The car veers out of control. 这辆车失去了控制。 来自辞典例句
  • His fondness for his characters sometimes veers towards the sentimental. 他对那位主人公的偏爱有时也稍显矫情。 来自互联网
19 spokes 6eff3c46e9c3a82f787a7c99669b9bfb     
n.(车轮的)辐条( spoke的名词复数 );轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动
  • Her baby caught his fingers in the spokes of the pram wheel. 她宝宝的手指被婴儿车轮的辐条卡住了。 来自辞典例句
  • The new edges are called the spokes of the wheel. 新的边称为轮的辐。 来自辞典例句
20 recoil GA4zL     
  • Most people would recoil at the sight of the snake.许多人看见蛇都会向后退缩。
  • Revenge may recoil upon the person who takes it.报复者常会受到报应。
21 facade El5xh     
  • The entrance facade consists of a large full height glass door.入口正面有一大型全高度玻璃门。
  • If you look carefully,you can see through Bob's facade.如果你仔细观察,你就能看穿鲍勃的外表。
22 flare LgQz9     
  • The match gave a flare.火柴发出闪光。
  • You need not flare up merely because I mentioned your work.你大可不必因为我提到你的工作就动怒。
23 eddies c13d72eca064678c6857ec6b08bb6a3c     
(水、烟等的)漩涡,涡流( eddy的名词复数 )
  • Viscosity overwhelms the smallest eddies and converts their energy into heat. 粘性制服了最小的旋涡而将其能量转换为热。
  • But their work appears to merge in the study of large eddies. 但在大旋涡的研究上,他们的工作看来却殊途同归。
24 blur JtgzC     
  • The houses appeared as a blur in the mist.房子在薄雾中隐隐约约看不清。
  • If you move your eyes and your head,the picture will blur.如果你的眼睛或头动了,图像就会变得模糊不清。
25 shudder JEqy8     
  • The sight of the coffin sent a shudder through him.看到那副棺材,他浑身一阵战栗。
  • We all shudder at the thought of the dreadful dirty place.我们一想到那可怕的肮脏地方就浑身战惊。
26 doggedly 6upzAY     
  • He was still doggedly pursuing his studies.他仍然顽强地进行着自己的研究。
  • He trudged doggedly on until he reached the flat.他顽强地、步履艰难地走着,一直走回了公寓。
27 elastic Tjbzq     
  • Rubber is an elastic material.橡胶是一种弹性材料。
  • These regulations are elastic.这些规定是有弹性的。
28 pungent ot6y7     
  • The article is written in a pungent style.文章写得泼辣。
  • Its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hideouts.它的刺激性气味会令恐怖分子窒息,迫使他们从藏身地点逃脱出来。
29 slippered 76a41eb67fc0ee466a644d75017dd69e     
  • She slippered across the room from her bed. 她下床穿着拖鞋走过房间 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • She saw pairs of slippered feet -- but no one was moving. 她看见一双双穿着拖鞋的脚--可是谁也没有挪动一步。 来自互联网
30 effervesces 68aacd7f137a563017ab6bf014335259     
v.冒气泡,起泡沫( effervesce的第三人称单数 )
31 heed ldQzi     
  • You must take heed of what he has told.你要注意他所告诉的事。
  • For the first time he had to pay heed to his appearance.这是他第一次非得注意自己的外表不可了。
32 tranquil UJGz0     
adj. 安静的, 宁静的, 稳定的, 不变的
  • The boy disturbed the tranquil surface of the pond with a stick. 那男孩用棍子打破了平静的池面。
  • The tranquil beauty of the village scenery is unique. 这乡村景色的宁静是绝无仅有的。
33 seethe QE0yt     
  • Many Indians continue to seethe and some are calling for military action against their riotous neighbour.很多印度人都处于热血沸腾的状态,很多都呼吁针对印度这个恶邻采取军事行动。
  • She seethed with indignation.她由于愤怒而不能平静。
34 gems 74ab5c34f71372016f1770a5a0bf4419     
growth; economy; management; and customer satisfaction 增长
  • a crown studded with gems 镶有宝石的皇冠
  • The apt citations and poetic gems have adorned his speeches. 贴切的引语和珠玑般的诗句为他的演说词增添文采。
35 shutters 74d48a88b636ca064333022eb3458e1f     
百叶窗( shutter的名词复数 ); (照相机的)快门
  • The shop-front is fitted with rolling shutters. 那商店的店门装有卷门。
  • The shutters thumped the wall in the wind. 在风中百叶窗砰砰地碰在墙上。