The Seasons

Coventry Patmore

General Description

Date: 1849
Rhyme: a4b3a4b3
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric


◦ Fredeman, 198-200


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Scholarly Commentary


When Coventry Patmore was asked to contribute to the first issue of The Germ, he sent “The Seasons” on condition that his name be withheld until the appearance of his next volume. (See Fredeman, The P.R.B. Journal, entry for 25 September 1849). DGR apparently copied the poem in a letter to his brother and wrote “Stunning, isn't it?”. The poem was reprinted in Tamerton Church Tower (1854), and in Patmore's collected Poems (1886) in revised form under the title “The Year”.

Printing History

First printed in The Germ 1, page 19.

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