I saw the movie Bright Star today which coincidentally happened to be exactly 190 years to the day after John Keats wrote To Autumn. So I can’t think of a better way to salute the film, the poet and the change of season than to post the poem in it’s entirety.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
– John Keats, 19 September 1819
LOVE Keats and looking forward to this movie… just heard about it!
Can’t wait to see this film. It is getting rave reviews and I love Keats! Such a brilliant poet.
oooh i love this poem by Keats. I like all his poems 🙂 How gorgeous
ahhh…. Love the poem… I didnt know about the flick, but now I cant wait to see it 🙂
Probably shall not see the movie but really like the poem. Ode to Autumn of my favorites as is “Ode a Grecian Urn” – had to do them in high school at the same time as Jane Austen and was turned on to a lifetime of pleasurable reading.
I cannot wait to see this movie. I love British period films and adore the actor who plays Keats. He was the only good thing about Brideshead Revisited.
This sounds like a fabulous period movie…..my favorite kind, yet it will likely be months before it makes it here. Thanks for the heads-up and the poem is lovely. I am impressed that you typed it out, that couldn’t have been easy!
Thanks for sharing this! Can’t wait to see the movie. By the way I just found your blog and I think it’s just awesome! Will add you to my link list.
Have a lovely evening.
i look forward to seeing this movie, at some future visit to the US (no cinemas or movies where i live).
thank you for sharing that poem about autumn, my favorite season.
~ so beautiful ~