Did you know that Langston Hughes was only 18 when he wrote his famous poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”? He had just graduated from high school. Here is a recording of him talking about where the poem came from and why he wrote it. He also reads it for us!
You are never too young to be a “real” writer. I am constantly amazed by what my students produce with sufficient time and attention given to their writing.
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
– Henry James
“Come with me,” Mom says. “To the library. Books and summertime go together.”
– Lisa Schroeder
“Green was the silence,
wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
– Pablo Neruda
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“There’s an air of love and of happiness / And this is the Fresh Prince’s new defintion of summer madness.”
– Fresh Prince, Summertime