Thursday, 8 October 2009

National Poetry Day: To Autumn.

To Celebrate National Poetry Day 2009 a poem from one of my favourites ... John Clare. I know I shared one of his back in August but I just couldn't resist the chance ot share another!

The theme for this years poetry day is "Heroes and Heroines". For me Jonn Clare should be one of our poetry heroes, but in reality he is not a household name. He is sometimes known as the 'peasant poet', the son of a casual agricultural labourer he had himself worked as a ploughboy and reaper. His romantic poetry has a way of drawing you in, making you feel that you are strolling though the English countryside with him. He was born in the flatlands not too far away from Tumbledown Farm, infact one of my favourite garden centres is in Helpstone the village where he was born.

From The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems (1821)
by John Clare

To Autumn

Come, pensive Autumn, with thy clouds, and storms,
And falling leaves, and pastures lost to flowers;
A luscious charm hangs on thy faded forms,
More sweet than Summer in her loveliest hours,
Who, in her blooming uniform of green,
Delights with samely and continued joy:
But give me, Autumn, where thy hand hath been,
For there is wildness that can never cloy, -
The russet hue of fields left bare, and all
The tints of leaves and blossoms ere they fall.
In thy dull days of clouds a pleasure comes,
Wild music softens in thy hollow winds;
And in thy fading woods a beauty blooms,
That's more than dear to melancholy minds.


Victoria said...

Wow, I absolutely loooove that first shot with the ladybug like a cherry ontop of nature's brittle cupcake..what a unique moment to capture!Stunning! Great post! and you'd guess I am a poetry smitten spirit! So I really Enjoyed that!Keep them coming!

Esther Montgomery said...

I'm so glad someone else finds (found) summer boring. If only he hadn't put in the bit about melancholy minds though. I find autumn blows melancholy right over the hills.

Rather splendidly wonderful photos.


VP said...

The ladybirds are snuggling down aren't they? I found five nestled together in a leaf at Lacock Abbey on Sunday.

And thank you for the introduction to John Clare - that's a very fine poem :)

Lottie (Life in a Day) said...

Lovely pictures and I really enjoyed the poem too! Thank you for this.

Anna said...

A great poem and photo. I was born in Peterborough and was fortunate enough to come across his poetry in my school days. He was very much in tune with the seasons and the natural world. So sad though that he had a troubled personal life.

Unknown said...

What a great poem! Thanks for sharing that!

I'm quite enjoying Autumn as I now have more to do in the garden. Like Esther I find Summer rather bland and Autumn stirs and inspires me.

Great photography and I look forward to the next post!


Esther Montgomery said...

I've posted a National Poetry poem suggestion myself now.


Rothschild Orchid said...

I love autumn, there is a certain freshness to the air that makes you feel alive again after the mugginess of summer.

Ester I shall pop across and read your poetry tomorrow when I'm a bit more with it! I've been out to hear Fergus Garrett talk in Bath this evening and now my head is just full of bright colours and fluffy grasses!

RO :o)