Feeling Fallish—A Poem About October

Oct 16, 2017 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


Whether you live in Fort Lauderdale or Fairbanks, fall is upon us. For some of us the leaves are turning colors. For others, the leaves never even drop. Regardless of where you reside, read this little poem from Robert Frost. It will certainly put you in the mood for fall!

by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Robert Frost is perhaps the most famous American poet of all time. Some of his most recognized pieces include “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken.” Both of these poems are included in IEW’s Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. This course is a wonderful way to introduce a broad variety of beautiful poems and classic prose to your students and is a delightful approach to build vocabulary, enhance elocution, and enjoy language—any time of the year!

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