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
Be sure to check the "Related Poems" links on each page. Scroll down and read about the poet.
And check out the following topics:
You could write a poem telling how to eat spaghetti, how to ask for a date, how to sharpen a knife, how to let go of grief, or even how to write a poem. Or you could take it to extremes: how to prevent global warming, how to kiss a snake, how to become dust.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.
These are similar but not identical concepts. Rhythm refers to the overall tempo, or pace, at which the poem unfolds, while meter refers to the measured beat established by patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables. Poets who write free verse, generally de-emphasize or ignore meter and focus instead on refining and tuning their natural speech rhythms to suit the poem's tone and content. Or as Ezra Pound put it, they "compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome."Read more ...