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Summarize the poem "An April Day."

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Longfellow reflects on a beautiful day in April. Throughout the poem, Longfellow celebrates the spring season and describes his affinity for the natural environment during springtime. Longfellow begins the poem by describing how the warm sun returns to bring life to the flowers and trees. He mentions his love for the spring season and reflects upon the way that plants begin to regenerate. Longfellow reveals how birds pleasantly fly through the forests and illustrates how the sun's rays pierce through the woods to bring life to the foliage. Towards the end of the poem, Longfellow describes the serenity of a peaceful night in April. He depicts the beautiful night sky and describes how the lake waters reflect the moon's light onto the forest trees. Essentially, Longfellow celebrates the spring season by reflecting on the beauty of nature and how the natural environment regenerates after a harsh winter.

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In "An April Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the speaker notices and celebrates the beauty of nature in spring: the flowers, forests, saplings (baby trees); the morning and the evening; even the moon and stars. He closes by romantically asserting the everlasting nature of his love for this time of year.

This poem has eight stanzas. Keep in mind that it's called "An April Day," so it's basically describing all the beautiful things that can be seen during one day in April. By taking a look at each, we can come up with a more detailed summary:

Stanza 1: It's springtime and the sun is coming up. It's warm. The speaker goes out to the forest, where flowers are starting to bloom.

Stanza 2: There in the forest, there are all kinds of bright things to see, and it's not stormy.

Stanza 3: Baby trees are starting to pop up, and older trees are starting to perk up.

Stanza 4: The speaker hears birds singing, and he sees their colorful wings.

Stanza 5: The sun starts to set and makes the whole woods and all the surrounding hills look beautiful.

Stanza 6: Evening comes, and the speaker enjoys the beauty of the lake as well as the sky, moon, and stars above.

Stanza 7: The lake beautifully reflects the whole scene that the speaker sees.

Stanza 8: The speaker says he will love the month of April for his whole life.

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