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Monday, December 7, 2015

"Fall, Leaves, Fall" by Emily Brontë



Contrasting the sadness and beauty of the changing of seasons, Emily Brontë also leaves the reader with a sense of anticipation of the cooler weather in this short work. The vivid imagery she uses seems to leap from the page and make the piece come alive. The fifth of six children, Emily was a quite capable poet as evidenced by this beautiful depiction of autumn, but is more known for her novel, Wuthering Heights.

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Program Credits

Announcer: Thomas Lamar
Narrator: Victoria Lynn
Composer: Kevin Duncan
Sound Design & Mixing: Christopher Green
Photography: Sebastian Unrau
Producer/Director: J.D. Sutter

Emily Brontë's Bio on The Poetry Foundation
Entry on Wikipedia for Emily Brontë
Study of the components and style of "Fall, Leaves, Fall"

Emily Brontë, circa 1833
"Emilybronte retouche".
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

"Fall, Leaves, Fall" by Emily Brontë

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

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