As April showers yield to May, poets remind us that even as the seasons change, human suffering and social inequality persist over time.
Our May poems celebrate traditional festivals, the renewal of nature and the rebirth of love, and also the age-old questions that challenge basic assumptions about social life.
Poets include Michelangelo and Milton, Emily Dickinson and the 18th century feminist Laetitia Pilkington as well as contemporary poets as yet unknown to a wider public.
Poems for May Day
Poems On May Morning
Poems of Time and Memory
London Poems on the Underground
Poems displayed in April 2021 can be found on our April Poems page