It’s almost that time of year again, folks. Fall will be officially arriving this Friday with a new surge of excitement and adventures.
From hot beverages, homemade pies, enormous pumpkins, sweeping vineyards, and the vivid changing leaves, fall is all things cozy and rustic. Did I mention pies?
So, with the crisp season (and sweater weather) right around the corner, how do you get yourself in the mood for it all? Well, here we’ve got a list of seven beautiful poems (and their excerpts) that capture the true spirit of autumn.
1. ‘III. Nature, XXVIII, Autumn’ by Emily Dickinson
This poem practically exudes warmth and paints a picture in your mind of what fall truly is. Plus Dickinson is pure magic.
The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
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2. ‘October’ by Robert Frost
Do you ever get those feelings that only an October morning or evening could evoke? Robert Frost is a genius with his words and describes those chilled dawns and dusks perfectly.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled
3. ‘The Autumn’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning has numerous poems with language that could steal anyone’s heart. Let this work harvest all the feelings you have about autumn.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.
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4. ‘Autumn Movement’ by Carl Sandburg
This poem simply captures an ever-changing season and all the beauty that never lasts. It reminds us that, like the seasons, not everything lasts.
The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman.
5. ‘Autumn Fires’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sparking bonfires and flittering embers tend to fill our minds when we imagine all the things that make fall spellbinding. Stevenson’s poem captures the fireside charm of these cooler days.
In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
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6. ‘Once Upon An Autumn Day’ by Joseph T. Renaldi
This poem feels like a walk down a golden, leaf-strewn street. Sounds nice right? If you enjoy watching the leaves fall in the comfort of your favorite sweater, read this.
Once upon an autumn day,
The whispering breeze was here to stay
Moving aimlessly through the countless trees
Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.
7. ‘Love In Autumn’ by Sara Teasdale
For the hopeless romantics whose feelings change with the harvest moon, this poem by Teasdale may be the brilliance that you need this season.
Perhaps when all the world is bare
And cruel winter holds the land,
The Love that finds no place to hide
Will run and catch my hand.
With October only weeks away and fall arriving in days, it’s time we become part of the season and everything it means. Late autumn evenings in your old flannel shirts and enchanting car rides through a tree-lined street is what makes fall so perfect. To me, these poems capture everything we could hope for in a single season.
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