Online Poetry Anthology

“April Rain” by Robert Loveman

Published as "Rain Song" in Verses (1909) | Robert Loveman (1864–1923)

"April Rain" by Robert Loveman

It isn’t raining rain to me,
It’s raining daffodils;
In every dimpled drop I see
Wild flowers on the hills.

The clouds of gray engulf the day,
And overwhelm the town;
It isn’t raining rain to me,
It’s raining roses down.

It isn’t raining rain to me,
But fields of clover bloom,
Where every buccaneering bee
May find a bed and room.

A health unto the happy!
A fig for him who frets! —
It isn’t raining rain to me,
It’s raining violets.

Published as “Rain Song” in Verses (1909) | Robert Loveman (1864–1923)


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Suggestions
  • Choose a stanza of the poem to copy and illustrate on Drawing and Writing Paper.
  • This poem was the basis for the song “April Showers” by Al Jolson. Listen to the song.
  • Narrate the poem.
  • Explain the point the poet is making.
  • Think of a few commonly used idioms that make the same point.

 

Additional Resources

Robert Loveman
More about the poet including the connection between this poem and Al Jolson’s “April Showers.”

Eye on Idioms
More practice using idioms at ReadWriteThink.org.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Handout of weather-related idioms.

Rain Unit Study
Fun tie-in.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Beautiful printable — perfect for notebook!