O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Excerpt from October by Robert Frost
It’s rare to find two different expressions of art—a painting and a poem—with the same title. But October was more than a month to New Englanders Willard Metcalf (1858-1925) and Robert Frost (1874-1963), representing the peak of autumn an experience few natives of that region ever forget.
*October is part of Frost’s A Boy’s Will, a work dedicated to youth, published in 1913; the saltbox house in Metcalf’s version of October still stands in Guilford, Connecticut.
Source for this blog is Visions of Home (American Impressionist Images of Suburban Leisure and Country Comfort) by Lisa N. Peters, The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1997.
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.
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