Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Autumn Daybreak

"Autumn Daybreak", by Edna St Vincent Millay, is about that pivotal autumn moment when a storm lays the trees bare. Although the persona observes that the seasonal shift has come two weeks later than usual, the reader still gets the sense that, for her, it is too early. (Why might this be?)

"Autumn Daybreak" has strong imagery that may take more than one reading to put together into a coherent whole. Drawing can be a good exercise for imagery development, and this is an excellent poem for practice. Questions for evaluation: Are students able to place the red hill behind the bare maple? Do they recognize that there is no bright morning sun?