Poem of the Week: Sonnet 84: While one sere leaf, that parting Autumn yields by Anna Seward

Welcome to Poem of the Week, an annual feature on this blog that celebrates National Poetry Month. Every Sunday, in the month of April, start the week off with an uplifting poem and discovery why poetry still matters.

Although things may be returning to some normalcy, poetry can still provide us the comfort and solace we need during these trying times. Poetry is such an amazing and inspiration genre to take part in and National Poetry Month is great to discover its powerful impact. So let these words move you…you will not regret it.

While one sere leaf, that parting Autumn yields,

   Trembles upon the thin, and naked spray,

   November, dragging on this sunless day,

   Lours, cold and sullen, on the watery fields;

And Nature to the waste dominion yields,

   Stripped her last robes, with gold and purple gay —

   So droops my life, of your soft beams despoiled,

   Youth, Health, and Hope, that long exulting smiled;

And the wild carols, and the bloomy hues

   Of merry Spring-time, spruce on every plain

   Her half-blown bushes, moist with sunny rain,

More pensive thoughts in my sunk heart infuse

   Than Winter’s grey, and desolate domain

   Faded like my lost Youth, that no bright Spring renews.

To discover more poems, please visit Poetry Foundation

You can read more of Anna Seward’s poetry on Project Gutenberg:


Published by karma2015

I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

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