What Are Some Famous Examples of Autumn Poetry?


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Famous examples of autumn poetry include "Sonnet 73" by William Shakespeare, "Autumn Song" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "To Autumn" by William Blake and "October" by Robert Frost. Many famous poets have written about autumn, due to the beauty of the season and the many analogies it offers around age, death and beauty.

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Poems about autumn tend to focus on the beauty of the changing seasons. In traditional poems, such as "Sonnet 73" by William Shakespeare, autumn has been used as an analogy for the passing of time and mortality. For example, Shakespeare compares his age to that of late autumn, writing: "That time of year thou mayst in me behold / When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang." In this way, famous poems about autumn are often written about something else entirely, with autumn being used as a metaphor for the key theme.

Other traditional poets, like William Wordsworth in "Thought on the Seasons," considered the role of autumn in the year in poems focusing on descriptions of the changing seasons. Wordsworth wrote during the Romantic period, where many poets focused on the beauty of nature and the seasons. A great deal of famous poems about autumn come from this period and Romantic writers such as Wordsworth.

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