Afternoon on a Hill


A lovely poem included in Ms. Millay's collection, Renascence and Other Poems (1917). It is studied by young elementary students to learn about poetic form and personification. All ages enjoy its simple expression of joy in nature!
Afternoon on a Hill

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

Afternoon on a Hill was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Sun, Apr 22, 2018

This poem is featured in our selection of Children's Poems and 100 Great Poems.


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