October in My New England Town

The poetry of Robert Frost is a perfect accompaniment to October photos in my small town.  These images and scenes are much the same as what Robert Frost would have seen.  Surely he was inspired to write poetry in order to paint a picture, with words, of the beauty he saw.

October
by Robert Frost

Oh hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.

           

Oh 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 they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost-
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

   

Reading poetry aloud to children is important.  I watched our son read poetry to his firstborn, long before she could walk.  He read to her “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, and “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman.  The results speak for themselves in academic success and humanity.

Jennie

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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63 Responses to October in My New England Town

  1. Opher says:

    One of my favourite poets. A great poem and great photos.

  2. beth says:

    What a lovely post,both words and pictures

  3. Darlene says:

    The poem goes so well with the pictures. It is amazing how children connect with poetry. Bravo to your son, what a good start in life for your granddaughter.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful words and photos, Jennie.

  5. October is my favorite month…Fall my favorite season. I found this quote that relates to your idea of joining October to a place…
    “An October sort of city even in Spring.” Nelson Algren is his prose poem, Chicago-a city on the make.
    I was born in Evanston, raised in Chicago and loved/love Carl Sandburg (a ‘local’ poet who I associate with your New England’s Robert Frost) and even in the midst of industrialization, and hard core neighborhoods, Chicago is its best during the Fall IMHO.
    Of course, I am part Coloradoan, too – but that’s a comment for another time.
    Love this post, poem and you my friend!

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Laura! Thanks so much for your lovely comment, and for sharing your love of fall, Chicago, and Sandburg’s poetry. I’m glad you enjoyed this, my friend!!

  6. ps-I forgot to mention, I’m an October baby so I’m highly biased! HA!

  7. beautiful visualization of the poem. Frost is one of my favorite poets.

  8. beetleypete says:

    Lovely words and photos, Jennie. We seem to have gone straight to winter here, but walking Ollie today, I heard this. ‘The crows above the forest call’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Interestingly, we have had more crows this year, and that line struck me as well. Thank you, Pete. I often think of Frost when there is a glorious day. Autumn is very pretty in New England. Best to you.

  9. Ritu says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Jennie! 💜

  10. A beautiful poem and lovely photos, Jennie. I was quite surprised to see the tree in the picture below the words “At noon release another leaf;” had lost half it’s leaves so soon. (or was this a photo from another time.)

  11. Beautifully paired post, Jennie, with the lovely photos and poems. You’re so right about reading poetry to children. My mother was good at that, and teachers reading nursery rhymes and other poems in elementary school instilled a love of poetry in me. I remember even in high school, learning about more serious poems in English class. At the time I thought it was a bit of a chore, but looking back, I have appreciated so many good poems for all these years, mostly thanks to my wonderful English teacher. So keep up the good work in your classes!

  12. Frost’s poem expresses so well that human impulse we have to say please, please, let us stay here just a little longer.

  13. Poetry is a must-read aloud with the kids! The benefits are limitless! Great selection here, Jennie.

  14. Beautiful New England leaves and a beautiful New England poem. Babies love poetry. I don’t know what it is, but it feels magical. Great post, Jennie. ❤

  15. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you for the beautiful poem and photographs.

  16. petespringerauthor says:

    Thank you once again for your ability to tie in the present with the past. You certainly live in a beautiful spot, Jennie. What an exquisite slice of small-town Americana!

  17. srbottch says:

    Beautiful, Jennie. I played a lot of golf at Wachusett CC (during the public hours) and the views there and closer to Mt. Wachusett were always spectacular.

  18. Dear Jennie, thank you. I enjoyed this so very much. Before I relocated, I had an illustrated book of Frost’s poems, that was a lot like this post. (Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take much across the country with me.) What a lovely breath of fresh, crisp autumn air this is. Sharing.
    Hugs on the wing!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad this brought you a smile and a memory, Teagan. If this reminded you of the illustrated book of Frost’s poems…well, that’s as good as it gets. Thank you!

  19. CarolCooks2 says:

    Just beautiful, Jennie I miss Autumn we only have two seasons here… Wet and dry… No beautiful Autumn colours so thank you for sharing both Frost and those amazing images.. ❤️… The last two of Lilys books arrived yesterday (34)days…can’t wait until she comes again so we can read them xx

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I have written before about how much more deeply I understood Frost after I moved to New England. I loved the way you paired the poem with the images. My favorite line is actually from Dickinson who refers to the “certain slant of light” that does appear in October.

    • Jennie says:

      It wasn’t until I moved to New England and then visited Frost’s stone house, that I fully understood his poetry. I know exactly what Emily Dickinson meant. I took some photos of trees yesterday that have that slant of light. I need a poem or story to match. Dickinson might be the one. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Elizabeth. Thank you.

  21. Divya says:

    Lovely post❤️👏🏼

  22. The poem meets the images of the landscape in a perfect manner, and it a wonderful landscape too. Michael

  23. Norah says:

    Gorgeous, Jennie.

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  25. What magnificent color this year!

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