The following is a poem on night and day by the American poet E. E. Cummings.

You might just read and let the students enjoy it without discussion, or you might ask the children what are the different references to light in the poem (the 6 different kinds, uses, and sources of light that are mentioned). And how are they different.

The hours rise up putting off stars and it is


into the street of the sky light walks scattering poems

on earth a candle is

extinguished the city


with a song upon her

mouth having death in her eyes

and it is dawn

the world

goes forth to murder dreams.

I see in the street where strong

men are digging bread

and I see the brutal faces of

people contented hideous hopeless cruel happy

and it is day

in the mirror

I see a frail




dreams in the mirror

and it

is dusk on earth

a candle is lighted

and it is dark.

the people are in their houses

the frail man is in his bed

the city

sleeps with death upon her mouth having a song in her eyes

the hours descend,

putting on stars.

in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems

   -e.e. cummings

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