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Printable Fall poems for kids - children's printable poetry for Autumn


Fall Poems

A Fall Song
by Ellen Robena Field

A Naughty Pumpkin's Fate
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A Song of the Woods
by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.
Autumn Fires
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Autumn, Queen of Year
by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

Down to Sleep
by Helen Hunt Jackson

Farewell to the Farm
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gathering Leaves
by Robert Frost

How the Leaves Came Down
by Susan Coolidge

Jack Frost
by Gabriel Setoun

Jack Frost
by Hannah F. Gould

My Treasures
by Robert Louis Stevenson

November Morning
by Evaleen Stein

November
by Alice Cary

October's Bright Blue Weather
by Helen Hunt Jackson

September
by Helen Hunt Jackson

The Grapevine Swing
by Samuel Minturn Peck

The Hayloft
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Huskers
by John Greenleaf Whittier

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by Michael Collins

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Autumn Poems for Kids - Children's Fall PoetryOctober's Bright Blue Weather

by Helen Hunt Jackson

O sun and skies and clouds of June
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October's bright blue weather;

When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant;

When gentians roll their fringes tight,
To save them for the morning,
And chestnuts fall from satin burs
Without a sound of warning;

When on the ground red apples lie
In piles like jewels shining,
And redder still on old stone walls
Are leaves of woodbine twining;

When all the lovely wayside things
Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
And in the fields, still green and fair,
Late aftermaths are growing;

When springs run low, and on the brooks
In idle, golden freighting,
Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
Of woods, for winter waiting;

When comrades seek sweet country haunt
By twos and twos together,
And count like misers hour by hour
October's bright blue weather.

O sun and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October's bright blue weather.

NOTES AND QUESTIONS

Biography

Helen Hunt Jackson (1831-1885) was an American poet and novelist. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, where her father was a professor in Amherst College, but she spent much of her life in California. She married a banker in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she lived for a few years. Her poems are very beautiful, and "September" and "October's Bright Blue Weather" are especially good pictures of these autumn months.

Discussion

  1. What signs of autumn are mentioned in the first stanza?
  2. What signs of the coming winter are mentioned in the second stanza?
  3. Where have the birds gone?
  4. What is meant by the word "here" in line 4, above?
  5. Why are the brooks "dry and dumb" in October's Bright Blue Weather?
  6. Is this true in all parts of the country?
  7. What are we told about the spring in "October's Bright Blue Weather"?
  8. What will happen when the winter is over?
  9. Where does the swallow build his nest?
  10. What wonder of Nature, about which you read in A Forward Look, above, does the second stanza tell you?
  11. How can the snow help keep the roots alive?
  12. In what stanza is this thought repeated?
  13. Find the meaning of: fading; quail; eaves.

Phrases for Study:

ceased their calling, wayside blossom, vest that is bright, beauteous summer glow.

 

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