A Poem For November.

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s #fridayschoice. The first week of November is nearly behind us. Happy Friday, I hope you all had a great week, and I hope you all enjoy the weekend. 

Today’s Friday’s Choice is short and sweet. I’m talking about a poem that I really love.

The poem is entitled November Night, and it was written by Adelaide Crapsey. 

This poem can be found on poetryfoundation.org.

This poem is short. It is only five lines. The poem is about leaves falling to the ground on a crisp November night. Many of Crapsey’s poems feature themes of death, and one could assume this was because she suffered from a terminal illness. Many of her poems are also about autumn or winter, so the scenes she describes are a wonderful mix of bleak yet beautiful. 

I think there is something really beautiful about the poem November Night. I think this is a lovely poem to read aloud because of the assonance and the onomatopoeia that Crapsey uses. I especially like the last two lines, “The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees/, And fall.” (Crapsey, November Night, lines 4/5). 

I like these final two lines because I like the image they create of a delicate, frosty leaf breaking away from the the tree and falling to the ground. I think that the leaves on the ground, in all of their various colours, red, orange, brown, and gold, are a true indicator that autumn is turning into winter and I think there is beauty in this change of season. 

I also think that if one was to analyse this poem on a deeper level, then they could recognise a minor theme of loss and death, and the leaves falling to the ground could be suggested to be a metaphor for one’s failing health, and autumn is a time where things die. 

Sometimes it is the simple poems that stand out the most, and this poem has been on my mind since the start of the week because I always think of this poem at this time of year. 

Go and read it if you get the chance, I would highly recommend it. 

This has been Friday’s Choice. I hope you enjoyed it. 

I hope you all have a great weekend. 

Kate xo. 

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