The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

Recent Episodes

To Daffodils by Robert Herrick | Saturday, June 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Fair daffodils, we weep to see      You haste away so soon: As yet the early-rising sun      Has not attained his noon                Stay, stay,      Until the hasting day                Has run      But to the evensong; And, having prayed together, we      Will go with you along. We have short time to stay as you;      We have as short... Read more »

A Thunderstorm In Town by Thomas Hardy | Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

She wore a new ‘terra-cotta’ dress, And we stayed, because of the pelting storm, Within the hansom’s dry recess, Though the horse had stopped; yea, motionless       We sat on, snug and warm. Then the downpour ceased, to my sharp sad pain And the glass that had screened our forms before Flew up, and out she... Read more »

From “Ode: “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” by William Wordsworth | Monday, June 12, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,              The earth, and every common sight                        To me did seem              Apparell’d in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it has been of yore;—                        Turn wheresoe’er I may,                        By night or day, The things which I have seen... Read more »