“Autumn,” by the South African poet Roy Campbell (1902-1957), celebrates the coming of fall and winter and the various kinds of beauty those seasons can reveal. The speaker of the poem appears explicitly in the work’s very first word. The poem thus expresses this speaker’s particular—and somewhat unusual—point of view. Whereas many people lament the advent of the colder seasons, and whereas they especially regret the way trees lose their leaves (and apparently much of their life) during those times of the year, this particular speaker invites us to see autumn and winter in...
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