As we slowly slide into Autumn with the first frost of the new season stealing upon us last night I awakened to the sweet crisp chill air.
This brought to mind a poet whose work I relished as young; snuggled into bed I would read his words aloud, enraptured by their beauty, their cadence; his verse so rich and full in sound and meaning.
Below is a poem by John Keats that captures this season so well. Take a minute or two to read aloud, revelling in his exquisite eloquent Romantic poetry.
Ode To Autumn
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
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A truly lovely post. 🙂
Thank you so much Carol.
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I just love this poem so much, it is so crisp and inviting, like autumn itself, shame it has to give way to winter, my least favourite season!!
Yeah! another Keats fan. I don’t mind nice crisp cold winter days, it’s the grey and chilling damp that is so rotten, as well as the early dark nights. We make is super cosy inside, candles and fire so that helps!
We have an ope fire and I love candles too. Love scented ones particularly. 🙂
This poem seems to convey everything good about autumn and is very uplifting. What other poems have we missed as a result of him dying so young.
Thanks for sharing this with us.
It does give such a wonderful feel for Autumn, it’s as if you can taste it, feel it, smell the fragrances. Even though Keats died early he still (thankfully) left a comprehensive volume of work behind.
Keats is amazing. He shows me the world through eyes I didn’t know I had. Thanks for this.
I really like that Jacqui -‘through eyes I didn’t know I had’. I know what you mean, an awakening, epiphany of the world around you. I remember reading ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ and looking at the title not be too excited but then drawn in by the language, imagery, the story. A real lyrical gut-punching poem.
I last read this poem at school, which was quite some time ago – and another one by Shelley which contained the phrase ‘bird thou never wert’. Wert! They don’t make them like this anymore.
I’d never read any Shelley so just looked at ‘To a Skylark’. What bold creative conviction, amazing languag right from the the start of ‘Hail to the, blithe Spirit!’ You’re right, they are of their own time. Lovely to read your comment.
Truly a beautiful poem. I quote the first line every Autumn, much to the frustration of my wife. Stunning pictures as well. Autumn is here; there was a light coating of ice on the car early yesterday morning.
It is a beautiful poem and good for you to remember the lines – I’m sure your wife loves it really! Autumn with crisp morning chill and the sun shining is just perfect. Long may it be so…rain stay away!
I’ve always likes Keats, and I love this poem…thanks for reminding me!
I hadn’t thought of it for years so odd it came to me yesterday. That’s how life is I guess. Glad you liked it.
Beautiful poem, Annika. And the photos are stunning!
Yes, Jill, it really is a lovely poem and so perfect for today. I took the photos couple of years ago in the landscape gardens nearby. They’re a real treat in autumn. Two lakes, walled gardens, long wooded walks and masses of geese.
They really are beautiful photos, Annika.
What a grand way to welcome autumn! I’ve never delved into poetry, though Robert Frost is one of the very few poets I’ve read, but there’s a lyrical quality about that poem that encourages an awe for the season. Thanks for sharing!
It is rather awe-inspiring isn’t it? I remembered it as I was walking early this morning and struck by the beauty around me. These mighty verses say it all. So glad you enjoyed it,not the easiest of poems. I enjoyed poetry as young and since then dip in and out. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment,
That poem is luscious. I love Keats. You’re right that half the fun is reading it aloud. 🙂
Wonderful to meet kindred spirits here on WP. I also loved to read Milton aloud but struggled more with the understanding (well, in my defence I wa 14!). Do you enjoy John Donne? Pure magic for the reading spirit,
Yes. Hopkins is another of my favs. And I memorized Coleridge in high school. Oh…and Whitman of course…and…and…and… 🙂
A wonderful way to start this day. thank you.
Thank you and hope the rest of your day goes well. Warmest wishes.
So you read John Keats with such understanding already as a girl. No wonder you ended up writing . The Poem is just such a wonderful hymn to Autumn, one of our fantastic seasons.
Thank you for this ray of light this morning.
I find it difficult to imagine to be without seasons, it is like our life.
Thank Mirja. I do love the seasons, in the autumn I wait impatiently for the beauty of the leaves on the trees and hope it is a good year for them – it seems to be so dependant on different factors. So glad you liked the poem, it is uplifting to read I find.
Beautiful! Every season has it’s charm.
Exactly, but the charm in any season falls off as soon as the cold drizzle sets in, which it seems to happen whether summer, spring, winter or autumn. Today was perfect and think that’s why this poem came to mind.