I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I’ll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.

I’ll wait until November
That is the time for me.
I’ll go out in the frosty dark
And sing most terribly.

And all the little people
Will stare at me and say,
“That is the Crazy Woman
Who would not sing in May.”

Analysis, meaning and summary of Gwendolyn Brooks's poem The Crazy Woman


  1. Okafor says:

    if anyone would be able to tell me when the poem was published…that would be great

  2. liindsay says:

    i to am researching about gwendolyn brooks for my english project. i find this poem very interesting.

  3. Morgan says:

    I am currently researching Gwendolyn Brooks for an English project and I came upon this poem. This is an amazing poem and I love it. : )

  4. jessica says:

    this poem was spectacular for me and im 13 years old.

  5. wildcat says:

    i heard this once and memorized it. this is wonderful!

  6. Jacqueline Amos says:

    Oh but the crazy lady a wait for the gray, not much happiness for de’ month of may, in de mist of darkness, the night shall be dark, the pain that sits upon the gloomy heart, oh shall the soul live upon the dark, one day de’ lord shall show me the sun, I cry upon the gloomy night, daughter of the sun shall bring me light. In de’ dark shall bring forth light.

    This poem crazy lady reveals the inner soul of darkness, It inspires the soul to speak, this is excellent.

  7. Gladia Cutchings says:

    I think poem is very good. I especially like how it rymes.

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