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Poem by Helen Hunt Jackson


A Calendar of Sonnets. October


THE month of carnival of all the year,
When Nature lets the wild earth go its way,
And spend whole seasons on a single day.
The spring-time holds her white and purple dear;
October, lavish, flaunts them far and near;
The summer charily her reds doth lay
Like jewels on her costliest array;
October, scornful, burns them on a bier.
The winter hoards his pearls of frost in sign
Of kingdom: whiter pearls than winter knew,
Oar empress wore, in Egypt's ancient line,
October, feasting 'neath her dome of blue,
Drinks at a single draught, slow filtered through
Sunshiny air, as in a tingling wine! 



Helen Hunt Jackson

Poem Theme: Autumn

Helen Hunt Jackson's other poems:
  1. Songs of Battle
  2. Morn
  3. A Calendar of Sonnets. June
  4. Freedom
  5. A Calendar of Sonnets. February


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