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Can you please give me a short summary of the poem "Autumn Song"?

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rs519 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2008 at 3:14 AM via web

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Can you please give me a short summary of the poem "Autumn Song"?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 13, 2008 at 4:45 AM (Answer #1)

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The eighteen line poem features a first person narration consisting of mainly rhyming couplets. The themes are that of melancholy and nostalgic memories.

The first stanza begins with the description of a violin playing a decidedly sad score that affects the poet, who has a kindred feeling of melancholy.

The second stanza adds a ticking clock to the music of the violin. The clock marks the passage of time, while the poet thinks of the past. The memories cause him to cry-which further adds to the Autumn song.

The third and final stanza reveals the poet drained by the sad memories and circumstances. The poet is like a "dead leaf" blown violently around. The poem ends on a melancholy and nostalgic note.

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