Activities Poetry

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

How To Do It

  • Find “The Summer Day” poem by Mary Oliver.
  • Discuss the question below.


Discuss your response to the last lines of this poem:

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

From New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA
Copyright 1992 by Mary Oliver.
All rights reserved.
For permissions information, contact Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892.
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