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That snap in the air can only mean one thing: it’s autumn, the perfect season for curling up with a poem—or eleven. We’ve gathered some favorite examples of verse about the season by beloved poets like Dylan Thomas, Rainer Maria Rilke, Robert Frost, Rita Dove, and more.

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Poem in October, by Dylan Thomas

Autumn Day, by Rainer Maria Rilke (trans. Edward Snow)

Appalachian Autumn, by Charles Wright 

Catching Leaves in the Autumn, by W. S. Merwin

Apollinaire, Autumn Ill, by Pierre Bourdieu (trans. John Speller)

Tour 5, by Robert Hayden

Solitary in September, by Gladys Swan

Weathering Out, by Rita Dove

The Auroras of Autumn, by Wallace Stevens

The Witch of Coos, by Robert Frost

Unending Autumn Light, by Birendrajit Naorem (trans. Robin S. Ngangom)

More poetry available for free PDF download:
Winter Poems
Summertime Poems
Flower Poems
Love Poems
Nature Poems
Travel Poems


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Poetry Foundation
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Threepenny Review
The American Scholar, Vol. 74, No. 4 (Autumn 2005), pp. 75-83
The Phi Beta Kappa Society
The Sewanee Review, Vol. 62, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1954), pp. 451-453
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Paragraph, Vol. 35, No. 1, Bourdieu and the Literary Field (March 2012), pp. 131-136
Edinburgh University Press
The Phylon Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 3 (3rd Qtr., 1958), p. 296
Clark Atlanta University
The Sewanee Review, Vol. 112, No. 3 (Summer, 2004), p. 356
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Agni, No. 56, 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology (2002), pp. 111-112
The Kenyon Review, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Winter, 1948), pp. 1-10
Kenyon College
Poetry, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Jan., 1922), pp. 175-181
Poetry Foundation
Indian Literature, Vol. 40, No. 3 (179), ACCENT ON MANIPURI POETRY (May - June 1997), p. 28
Sahitya Akademi