by Zachary Richardson and Kevin Pham
Forever Autumn by Moody Blues (Cover by Anna Minorette Lee)
The summer sun is fading as the year grows old (alliteration- summer sun)
And darker days are drawing near (alliteration- darker days-drawing)
The winter winds will be much colder (alliteration- winter winds will) (assonance- repetition of the "i" sound- winter winds will)
Now you're not here.
I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky
And one by one they disappear.
I wish that I was flying with them
Now you're not here (repetition)
Like a song through the trees you came to love me (simile- compares a song flowing through the trees to how fast fall came to love the speaker)
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away (simile- compares the leaf blowing away on a breeze to how fast fall "blew" away) (alliteration- breeze blew)
Through autumn's golden gown we used to kick our way (personification- autumn can't wear a golden gown) (alliteration- golden gown)
You always loved this time of year.
Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now (alliteration- leaves lie)
Cause you're not here (x3) (repetition)
Like a song through the trees you came to love me (simile) (repetition)
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away (simile) (repetition)
A gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes (connotation- indicates that the speaker cries and misses the things she used to do in fall)
As if to hide a lonely tear
My life will be forever autumn (metaphor- compares the speaker's life to autumn)
'Cause you're not here! (x5) (repetition)
There is imagery throughout the song.
"The Last Leaf" by Henry Behn
A few leaves stay for a while on the trees
After their color begins to turn,
And no other leaves seem as gold as these (The poetic device, assonance, can be found in this line because “leaves seem… and these” have the repeating “e” sound in them.)
Not even the ones our bonfires burn (You can find alliteration in this line because the repeating “b” sound in the beginning of “bonfires burn.” You can also find consonance in this line because the repetition of the “n” sound in “even… ones… and bonfires burn.”)
With golden flames in piles on the ground,
A few leaves stay so long that I found (assonance- few leaves- repetition of the "e" sound)
The one last leaf on a tree in the snow, (The words, “last leaf,” show alliteration.)
And when a galloping wind came round (This represents personification because wind can not gallop.)
The edge of our house and started to blow (Continued personification represents the wind "walking" around the house starting to blow)
Snow dust to sparkles floating free, (Floating free is an example of alliteration.)
When the wind ran away, almost with me, (Wind can not run, therefore this is personification. There is an example of hyperbole in this line because the words, “the wind ran away, almost with me,” suggests that the wind was strong enough to move the speaker.)
And sunshine settled quiet and cold. (There are two instances of alliteration in this line, which are “quiet and cold” and “sunshine settled,” because these words have the same beginning consonant sounds.)
There like a bird, still on the tree (There is a simile in this line because it is comparing a bird and the leaf using the word like.)
Was that lonesome leaf, no longer gold (“Lonesome leaf… longer” shows alliteration because of the repeating “l” sound. Assonance can also be found in these lines because the words “lonesome, no and, gold” contain the “o” sound.)
But curly and brown and dry and old
There is imagery throughout the whole poem
Rhyme scheme: ababccdcdeefeff
These two pieces of literature are very similar. They both represent the beautiful leaves that come with the season fall. The "Last Leaf" focuses more on describing the leaves, while "Forever Autumn" focuses on fall in general. We think that Henry referred to the last leaf because he was representing the end of fall. He was emphasizing that last curly, brown leaf buried in the winter snow as a sense of sadness. "Forever Autumn" implies that she misses the time in fall with her parter because she says "those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now". Now that fall is gone, she can't jump with her parter in the leaves. She sits wiping tears away thinking about all those good times she had in fall. We think these two pieces of literature represent fall in a great way.
Reflection by Zachary Richardson
I have learned a lot from this activity. I learned that poetry and poetic devices are almost everywhere, whether if it’s in music, poetry, or even in daily reading. I have learned that poetry opens a whole different view to the world. The use of personification, hyperbole, similes, metaphors, imagery, connotation, denotation, diction, and lots of other poetic devices come together to make an awesome piece of literature. “Forever Autumn” points out all the great things of fall that I have noticed put haven’t gave it much attention. It points out the great things in nature like the birds flying away and the beautiful leaves in golden piles waiting to be jumped in. Then the artist points out that when fall is gone, you can’t see these things anymore. The artist is trying to tell you that you have to enjoy the seasons, especially fall, before they are gone. Once they are gone, they aren’t coming back until next year. “The Last Leaf” points out the leaves that fall from the trees in fall. While the season is going on, the colors vary from red, orange, and yellow. The speaker points out these colorful leaves in a vivid way. Again in this poem, the speaker’s point is to say that the seasons don’t stay long. Before you know it you’ll see that curly, brown, dry, old leaf stuck in the winter snow. I suggest you take these messages into your life and enjoy the seasons. Poetry has allowed me to look at the world in a different more positive way, which often helps me through hard times in life. I think that poetry is great and that it points out great things in life that we just don’t realize sometimes. The next time you get an opportunity to read a poem or listen to a song, go ahead and dissect it to understand what the speaker is trying to tell you!
Reflection by Kevin Pham
My topic was on the season, autumn. I chose autumn because it is my favorite time of year. Autumn symbolizes maturity and wisdom. These characteristics of autumn make the season admirable. Both “Forever Autumn” by Moody Blues and “The Last Leaf” by Henry Behn focus on the beauty and tranquility of fall. The focal point of “Forever Autumn” is about the beginning of fall, while the focal point of “The Last Leaf” is about the transition from fall to winter. “Forever Autumn” is also about someone who left the speaker, but “The Last Leaf” was about the last leaf of the season before winter arrived. The authors of “Forever Autumn” and “The Last Leaf” seem to have the same ideas and views on fall. These two pieces of literature have many uses of poetic devices such as imagery, alliteration, and similes. When reading or singing to a song or a poem, you do not typically look for these things, but when you actually take the time to examine the poem or song, you realize there is a lot more there than is expected.