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What are examples of aubade poetry?

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Examples of aubade poetry include "Aubade: Lake Eerie" by Thomas Merton and "Aubade with Bread for the Sparrows" by Oliver de la Paz. Another example is "Aubade: Some Peaches, After Storm" by Carl Phillips.

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Aubade poems are poems that celebrate the morning. For example, "Aubade" by Philip Larkin is about a man who wakes up at 4 a.m. to start work, but he spends the time between waking and sunrise imagining that he is one day closer to dying, and that today is the day it will happen. While this poem isn't about a romantic love, it describes the relief this man feels when the sun rises and he can put his fears aside.

"Aubade: Some Peaches, After Storm" focuses on peaches that fall during a sudden storm and how they exist in a state between ripeness and rot. The peaches that survive the rot, or night, depend on if they are picked up and rescued, much like morning rescues the Earth from night.

"Aubade: Lake Erie" finds a group of children enamored with the beauty that they see each morning. They celebrate nearby crops of grapes and corn and salute the sun for the role it plays in crop production.

"Aubade With Bread for the Sparrows" finds the titular birds the only witnesses to the rising sun. They eat and celebrate the new day, and the poet marvels at their song and fortitude.

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