Autumn Poems

A Collection of Classic and New Poems for the Fall Season

Autumn trees in the misty forest.
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Our anthology of poems for the fall season begins with a selection of classics:

  • William Shakespeare,
    Sonnet 73 - “That time of year thou mayst in me behold” (1609)
  • William Blake,
    “To Autumn” (1783)
  • John Keats,
    “To Autumn” (1820)
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley,
    “Ode To the West Wind” (1820)
  • John Clare,
    “Autumn” (1821)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
    “The Autumn” (1833)
  • Robert Browning,
    “Among the Rocks” (1864)
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne,
    “Hendecasyllabics” (1866)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “A Carol of Harvest for 1867” (1867)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “When I Heard at the Close of the Day” (1867)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “Come Up from the Fields Father” (1867)
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
    “Autumn Song” (1883)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson,
    “Autumn Fires” (1885)
  • Trumbull Stickney,
    “Mnemosyne” (1905)
  • T.E. Hulme,
    “Autumn” (1909)
  • Sara Teasdale,
    “September Midnight” (1914)
  • Robert Frost,
    “October” (1915)
  • Robert Frost,
    “My November Guest” (1915)
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay,
    “God’s World” (1917)
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins,
    “Spring and Fall” (1918)
  • Carl Sandburg,
    “Autumn Movement” (1918)
  • William Butler Yeats,
    “The Wild Swans at Coole” (1919)
  • Amy Lowell,
    Two poems entitled “Autumn” (1919)
  • Robert Frost,
    “The Oven Bird” (1920)
  • Adelaide Crapsey,
    “November Night” (1922)
  • Robert Frost,
    “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (1923)

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To which we’ve added a few of the poems on fall themes we’ve received from contemporary poets:

  • Jesse Glass, “Welcome Back, 1964
  • Dorothea Grossman, “In the Library”
  • Mary Hamrick, “Autumn”
  • Ruth Hill, “Autumn Colors in the Far North”
  • Christine Klocek-Lim, “Strange Violet Behind Trees”
  • Judith A. Lawrence, “Autumn Offering”
  • Joseph Pacheco, “November Snow”
  • Jack Peachum, “Our Pierrot in Autumn”
  • Robert Savino, “October’s Opal”
  • Lisa Shields, “Sweater Weather”
  • Michael Shorb, “Geese”

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Enjoy these poems of the season!