Sunday, November 1, 2020

Longfellow's November From The Poet's Calendar

I had shared a poem by Wadsworth in June, July, August, September, and October and most of them really enjoyed reading the beautiful poem of the month. These poems are from The Poet's Calendar by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Poet's Calendar is a compilation of Longfellow's set of twelve beautiful poems, each song describing and narrating the essence of each of the twelve months of the calendar year. So, here you have Longfellow's November:

The Centaur, Sagittarius, am I, 
Born of Ixion's and the cloud's embrace; 
With sounding hoofs across the earth I fly, 
A steed Thessalian with a human face. 
Sharp winds the arrows are with which I chase 
The leaves, half dead already with affright; 
I shroud myself in gloom; and to the race 
Of mortals bring nor comfort nor delight.

This poem describes November by telling the Greek mythological story behind Sagittarius, the zodiac sign of November and his arch enemy Scorpio(of the previous month). So, it shows the contrast. The style is also different from the rest of the months as this one is full of mythical references!

If you want to read all the set of twelve songs, you can read it here: Happy November!

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