7 Summer Poems To Celebrate The Summer Solstice 2016

June 20 is officially the first day of summer, also known as the summer solstice. The day is one of symbolic importance, as it marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the point after which the sun starts rising later and setting earlier. In honor of the occasion, I've rounded up a few summer poems that are perfect for getting into the spirit of the season.

The summer solstice is celebrated for its astronomical significance all over the world and has a long history of festivities, dating back hundreds of years. There are plenty of different ways to ring in the occasion, from performing some sun salutations to partying with thousands of other revelers at Stonehenge. But if you can't make it to Stonehenge this year, why not kick off your own celebration with something a little simpler, like reading some seasonally themed poetry?

These seven summer poems are not only lovely to read, but they also perfectly capture the long, hazy days and warm breezy nights that we all enjoy at this time every year. So before you head outside to soak in some of that beautiful sunshine, check out some of these works. Not only will you be feeling the spirit of the solstice in no time, you'll also be left feeling extra grateful for the warm summer months ahead. Happy summer!

1. "Summer Solstice" — Vassilis Comporozos

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A new born poem.The cock heralds far and widethe dawn of this day.

2. "Summer Stars" — Carl Sandburg

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BEND low again, night of summer stars.So near you are, sky of summer stars,So near, a long arm man can pick off stars,Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,So near you are, summer stars,So near, strumming, strumming,So lazy and hum-strumming.

3. "Saving Daylight" — Davidson Pickett

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Suppose for a moment you live in a land, Amazed at what happens during summer solstice. Very strange things begin to occur, Instantly, there is little darkness, Night that we are so used to Gone; what is left is the brilliant colors.

Daylight from dusk to dawn to dusk again, Alight in all its energy and brightness. Yes, we are north of the sixtieth parallel; Land of the midnight sun. I have been here before and seen things, Gazed upon the horizon, waiting for darkness to reappear, Holding on to summer in all its life, love and beauty; To see it ebb once more as daylight fades to night.

4. "Summer Solstice" — Carrie Richards

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This was when the whole world measured time This is when the light would turn around

This is where the past would come undone and the spinning earth will mark a new beginning Let's go back in time, to when it all began

To the breaking of new dawns Where moments bright with fire, would light the chanting song Where pagans worshipped sun, and danced among the trees Wore strange masks of covered straw, and blessed cold ash with awe Wreaths hung upon the door against all spirit's, dire and when the winter's grasp let go, the sun reversed the pyre This was when the whole world measured time This is when the light would turn around So that spring arrives, and seeds will sprout and grow Oh, radiant sun, stretch the day, shorten night Return earth's darkness into light This is where the light will turn aroundAnd this was where the past has comes undone

5. "'Tis moonlight, summer moonlight" — Emily Jane Bronte

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All soft and still and fair; The solemn hour of midnight Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere, But most where trees are sending Their breezy boughs on high, Or stooping low are lending A shelter from the sky. And there in those wild bowers A lovely form is laid; Green grass and dew-steeped flowers Wave gently round her head.

6. "In the Summer" — Nizar Qabbani

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In the summer I stretch out on the shore And think of you Had I told the sea What I felt for you, It would have left its shores, Its shells, Its fish, And followed me

7. "Summer Rain" — Raymond A. Foss

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A break in the heat away from the front no thunder, no lightning, just rain, warm rain falling near dusk falling on eager ground steaming blacktop hungry plants thirsty turning toward the clouds cooling, soothing rain splashing in sudden puddles catching in open screens that certain smell of summer rain