Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

Autumn - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
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  • (6/1/2008 1:11:00 PM)


    An apostrohe to Autumn in the majestic form of an Italian sonnet rhyming ABBA ABBA CDC DCD. The initial eight lines (the octave) arrives on the scene like a conquering and benevolent king, 'like imperial Charlemagne' (Charles the Great) is the simile that compares the magnificence of a season to that of the great king of western Europe who influenced his land and people like a force of nature. The land thrives and its people benefit from a good king's royal largess.

    The second part, the six lines making up the sestet, bring to life the various attributes of Autumn in an extended metaphor. The king's shield is the red harvest moon, hanging in the heavens like a shield upon a wall. Sheaves shining on the altar are like golden flames - the harvest moon is celebrated by the folks who reap the crops they have sown at the end of the growing season. Choirs sing praises to the kingly god Autumn, as his almoner (one who distributes the wealth of the kingdom) scatters golden leaves of harvested grains like alms over the land.

    Relaxing and sweet as a sacred ceremony is Longfellow's sonnet to Autumn in all its majesty!
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  • (6/1/2006 4:51:00 PM)


    i think that this poem was very straight forward and to the point.
    I found it to be relaxing and sweet. I love autumn so this poem was nice
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