What are some good poems about autumn?


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Some good poems about autumn are "To Autumn" by John Keats and William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold." Similarly, Helen Hunt Jackson's poem "October" talks about how fall holds in the last of the sun's warmth.

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In his poem, Keats writes about growing fruit and a mature sun that are common in autumn. He goes on to say that fall has its own music, different than the music of spring. Keats talks about the birds, lambs and other animals that enjoy the fall weather and the last bounties of the harvest before winter.

In "Sonnet 73," Shakespeare talks about how the fall season might bring yellow leaves or no leaves at all. He talks about the sun's last twilight of harvest. He laments the inevitable coming cold weather. Shakespeare says that fall is a nourishing time but that the season doesn't last forever. Although the bounty of fall's harvest makes love grow strong, Shakespeare notes that the glows of fall cannot remain to sustain love permanently.

Likewise, "October" talks about the sunset of the warm sun and the harvest season. Jackson says that the warm hues of purple and red occasionally beg for one more dance during autumn. Chestnuts begin to fall from the trees while elm, and birch leaves turn shades of yellow. Jackson writes that the harsh burn of the summer sun is gone when autumn arrives. She says that water in the river runs slow because the water is frightened by the changes in the woods during the autumn season.

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