Call it Autumn. Call it Fall Does it Matter?
Either way, it's coming 'round again, full of football, pumpkins, falling leaves and memories. Here are are some poems, offered for your autumn reading by The Academy of American Poets.
- "That time of year thou may'st in me behold" by William Shakespeare
- "Spring and Fall" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
- "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio" by James Wright
- "Pastoral" by Jennifer Chang
- "Besides the Autumn poets sing (131)" by Emily Dickinson
- "Beyond the Years" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
- "To Autumn" by John Keats
- "Autumn" by Amy Lowell
- "Autumn Poem 2012" by Hoa Nguyen
- "Nommo in September" by Hannah Sanghee Park
- "The Shapes of Leaves" by Arthur Sze
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Poets develop a sharp eye to observe, a sharp ear to hear--the sights and sounds of everyday reality, the texture of the quotidian, to find "infinity in a grain of sand, eternity in an hour" (William Blake). That is, they recognize that the ordinary dramas of everyday reality are not ordinary at all, but unique, unrepeatable moments charged with implication and significance, which can be captured and revealed in language.Read more ...
Everyone has a personal and unique way of writing. And even with the same poet, different poems follow different paths from inspiration to publication. Even so, it's possible to envision a general process that can help us see where we are at and where we are headed as we work on our poems.
The ideas in this section are intended to help you keep moving ahead with your writing.
As you read, write, and discuss poetry, you'll begin to think about language and communication in new ways. In a poem, for instance, a decision on word choice may depend as much on sound as on meaning. A sharp visual image may resonate with political or spiritual implications. And memorable phrases can be woven into haunting incantations.
The ideas and suggestions in this section introduce some key concepts for readers and writers of poetry.