Hope you’re all well and enjoying the changeable autumnal weather. I love this time of year. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but there really is something special about getting all wrapped up, big thick scarves and watching the leaves change and fall.
I find this time of year the most poetic too. The sun seems to be at its most golden. It got me thinking about how autumn is presented in literature and the ways it inspires me.
The first poem I thought of was John Keats To Autumn. Probably because I have to teach this poem for GCSE!
‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’
Next, L. M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. I love this quote because it’s something I can picture in my mind.
‘November — with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson behind the westering hills. With dear days when the austere woods were beautiful and gracious in a dignified serenity of folded hands and closed eyes — days full of a fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines.’
My third choice is from one of my all time favourite books, The Great Gatsby.
‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.’
Stepping further back in time with my next choice from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I love the language used here, so picturesque.
‘The leaves where more gorgeous than ever; the first touch of frost would lay them all low to the ground. Already one or two kept constantly floating down, amber and golden in the low slanting sun-rays.’
My final choice comes from John Donne. Again, it’s just emphasising how wonderful autumn is.
‘No spring nor summer beauty have such grace as I have seen in one autumn face.’
I’m sure there’s many other quotes from literature about autumn, but these are the ones that are at the forefront of my mind currently. I’m determined to get out there and enjoy it whilst I can. It’s half term soon so I’m sure there will be more chances there. I’m keeping an eye for the bright red leaves; my favourite!
Enjoy it my darlings! Big love xx