Autumn can easily inspire poetry. The colorful trees and the harvest are images wordsmiths long to capture in verse. The season is ripe with images that lend themselves to musings about growing older, declining vigor, and the coming of winter. It's a rich season for beauty and an abundance of food, but it heralds the arrival of dark and cold times of hunger and want. An anthology of poems for the fall season begins with a selection of classics.

True to the trope, Shakespeare muses on the approach of death as presaged by autumn leaves. Romantic poet Blake was more celebratory of the season and its joys of wine and dance.

The political and industrial revolutions that marked the 19th century likely had an impact on the poetry written. While Keats and Clare muse on the scenery, Shelley is racked in a lament. The Brownings both take lessons from autumn. Walt Whitman's poems were written during the Civil War and carry in them vivid images from the battlefield.


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