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Featured Poem: Autumn Idleness by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Written by Francesca Dolan, 15th November 2021

Today's Featured Poem is brought to you by Jamie Barton, our Business and Content Manager at The Reader. This poem paints a detailed picture of nature as autumn comes to an end and how this image is mirrored in humankind.

Autumn Idleness

This sunlight shames November where he grievesIn dead red leaves, and will not let him shunThe day, though bough with bough be over-run.But with a blessing every glade receivesHigh salutation; while from hillock-eavesThe deer gaze calling, dappled white and dun,As if, foresters of old, the sunHad marked them with the shade of forest-leaves.Here dawn to-day unveiled her magic glass;Here noon now gives the thirst and takes the dew;Till eve bring rest when other good things pass.And here the lost hours the lost hours renewWhile I lead my shadow o’er the grass,Nor know, for longing, that which I should do.

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti from ‘A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year’, Jane McMorland Hunter (ed.)

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