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Summary

January - the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar ushers in the New Year. the cold and bleak landscape of winter nevertheless provides a rich background for our esteemed poets, such as Byron, Longfellow, Cowper, and Dickinson, to offer us their reflections and counterpoints.

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  • January - An introduction
  • January 1 1828, by Nathaniel Parker Willis
  • Written January the 1st, 1792, by Janet Little
  • Written January 1st 1832, by Henry Alford
  • Promises That Fail Their Makers Lips, by Daniel Sheehan
  • The Old Year, by John Clare
  • At the Entering of the New Year, by Thomas Hardy
  • Written During an Aurora Borealis, January 7th 1831, by Henry Alford
  • The Meeting, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • A Sonnet Occasioned... January 1616, by William Drummond
  • January 1795, by Mary Darby Robinson
  • A Tale Founded on a Fact Which Happened in January 1779, by William Cowper
  • The First Snowfall, by James Russell Lowell
  • Arm the First Rifle Ballad, January 1852, by Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • On the Discoveries of Captain Lewis, January 14th 1807, by Joel Barlow
  • A Calendar of Sonnets - January, by Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Eden in Winter, by Vachel Lindsay
  • It Is Winter, by Daniel Sheehan
  • Sonnet 59, by Henry Alford
  • Snow Flakes, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Work Without Hope, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Snow Beneath Who's Chilly Softness, by Emily Dickinson
  • GH on My Thirty-third Birthday, January 22nd 1821, by Lord Byron
  • January Cold Desolate, by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  • The Farm Woman's Winter, by Thomas Hardy
  • The Winters Are So Short by Emily Dickinson
  • A Song for January 26th 1824, by Charles Thompson
  • Ode on the Present Time, 27th January 1795, by Amelia Opie
  • Winter - My Secret, by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  • Month of January, by Hilaire Belloc
  • Pray to What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong, by Henry David Thoreau
  • January, by Alice Carey.

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An interesting selection

This is a great idea but the selection is a little brief and the quality of the reafings are variable.