David Mitchell

Rookie - 196 Points (20/12/1988 / Colchester)

Autumn - Poem by David Mitchell

The shining summer ages, dwindles, dies;
The heat turns to the cold.
The former azure hue of yonder skies
Is hardly to behold:

For often, as hastens the wintry time,
Full many a cotton cloud
O'ercasts the heaven; approaches the cold clime
When snow shall come, like shroud.

'Tis not here yet; some warmth doth yet remain,
As leaves from bleak boughs fall:
The mellow colours winter will disdain,
For they will vanish, all:

The autumn, like its leaves, must fall and fade,
With the ephem'ral year:
Creation all will have died and decay'd,
That green was ere 'twas sere.

(Monday,10th October,2005.)


Comments about Autumn by David Mitchell

  • (11/8/2005 9:12:00 AM)

    I could, and that did cross my mind, but I will leave it as it is now. A shade of meaning is lost otherwise. Thank you for the comment though. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/8/2005 9:04:00 AM)

    You could replace 'bleak boughs' with a straightforward 'branches'? Cheers. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/8/2005 8:58:00 AM)

    In manuscript the second line of the third stanza reads 'As leaves from bare boughs fall: ' I changed 'bare' to 'bleak', however, for reasons of logic; viz. that the boughs are not bare until the leaves have fallen from them. The same could perhaps be argued for the word 'bleak' but I cannot think of another monosyllable beginning with B that would work. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 8, 2005


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