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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:
This poem could grow out of a unique moment, like Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learned Astronomer." Or it could grow from a stage of your life, Like A. E. Houseman's "When I was One and Twenty." Or maybe you'd like to explore a repeated ritual, like "When I lift the trash can lid . . .."Read more ...
The word "poet" derives from ancient Greek, where it meant "to make." Before people wrote, they made poems. And still today, people who don't write, make poetry. Even more fundamentally than a writer, then, a poet is a maker, an inventor — in language.Read more ...
As you read, write, and discuss poetry, you'll begin to think about language and communication in new ways. In a poem, for instance, a decision on word choice may depend as much on sound as on meaning. A sharp visual image may resonate with political or spiritual implications. And memorable phrases can be woven into haunting incantations.
The ideas and suggestions in this section introduce some key concepts for readers and writers of poetry.