O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if the were all,
Whose elaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost–
For the grapes’ sake along the all.

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12 Comments

  1. alissa says:

    I thought this was a wonderful poem. I am memorizing this poem for a school project. as i was trying to memorize it i came across a mistake; on line 19. elaves is supposed to be leaves.

  2. Heather Hall says:

    This is a great axgavigating poem.

  3. sammy says:

    “October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came – The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.”

  4. xoxox says:

    I LOVE YOU STEVE!
    this poem reminds me of him

  5. Aisiannna Lesbian says:

    I like that poem. It makes you get away from all the stress around you.

  6. kakbooba says:

    i love this poem because it helps me get away from all thats happening in my country and visualize this incredible poem.

  7. Ann(a) says:

    We love this poem because we were both born in the fall and it brings back good memories of that day.

  8. Steve says:

    Although i am still young i have appreciated this poem since the day i read it. This poem will always be close to my heart.

    -Steve

  9. john says:

    i really liked this poem for two reasons one it made me appreciate more things and two it got me laid thank you frost

  10. kristina says:

    i really enjoyed the mood of this poem. it really brings your true feelings out and it has touched my soul.

  11. Joshua Myers says:

    While studying Frost one day in 11th grade honors English I came across this poem and have loved it ever sence. It always reminded me of the place I called home though I have not been there for several years. It always brings me back to the forest behind my house where I would watch the leaves fall…
    Frost has a way of describing this season so that makes you feel warm inside instead of the cold chill one feels when the Autumn wind turns cold.
    His rhythem and meter expressed like a rolling brook.. It is smoth and unbroken.

  12. Horace Burtnik says:

    Many years ago, in a small country school we sang about
    October. I don’t remember more than two lines of it. It went like this: “October gave a party,
    The leaves by hundreds came . . . .”
    If anyone knows the rest of the poem, I would appreciate a note from you.

    Thanks,
    L. B.

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