Member Blogs > MyWingsBookBlogAutumn Meditation – a poem in terza rima form

  • Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:03:45    Permalink

    I’ve been wanting for years to capture the way I feel when I look at autumn foliage, and I’ve finally approached it with an old rhyme form: terza rima. Dante used it to write The Divine Comedy, and much latter, Percy Bysshe Shelley used it to write his “Ode to the West Wind.” Not that I placemy poetry in a classwith theirs by any means. I mention it only to establish the long pedigree of the form.

    While the poem may be written in any meter, iambic pentameter is preferred in English, and the rhyme scheme is: a-b-a, b-c-b, c-d-c, d-e-d, e-e. There is something very pleasurable about making one’s verse fit a pattern.


    Of all the seasons, Autumn is the one
    That most persuades me there must be a God
    Whose works grow prayerful when their workings done.

    The roads are flanked by boughs of goldenrod,
    The Summers warmth replaced by nights of chill,
    And seed and fruits are fallen to the sod.

    The urgent push to procreate is still.
    Impending Winters dormancy will reign,
    But trees have one more duty they fulfill.

    The Springs new birth, the Summers work, sustain
    The species; yet for Autumns final days,
    Without the possibility of gain,

    In orange and red they set themselves ablaze
    In silent, solemn, joyful songs of praise.



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