October 21, 2011

A Poem for the Day: "Autumn in King's Hintock Park" by Thomas Hardy

Staying with my fall theme, I'm sharing a favorite poem of mine by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).  This is from his collection of poems entitled, Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses first published in 1901.  I know I've said this before, but I really want to recommend Hardy's poetry to you.  He wrote nearly 1,000 poems, and there are very, very few that don't measure up.  This particular poem very much reminds me of one of my favorite Hardy novels, The Woodlanders (1887).  If you're at all interested in this novel, and I hope you will be, I encourage you to take a look at my review here.  The painting that accompanies the poem is entitled, Avenue of Poplars in Autumn, and was painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1884 (just three years before Hardy published The Woodlanders).

Autumn in King's Hintock Park

Here by the baring bough
   Raking up leaves,
Often I ponder how
   Springtime deceives,--
I, an old woman now,
   Raking up leaves.

Here in the avenue
   Raking up leaves,
Lords' ladies pass in view,
   Until one heaves
Sighs at life's russet hue,
   Raking up leaves!

Just as my shape you see
   Raking up leaves,
I saw, when fresh and free,
   Those memory weaves
Into grey ghosts by me,
   Raking up leaves.

Yet, Dear, though one may sigh,
   Raking up leaves,
New leaves will dance on high--
   Earth never grieves!--
Will not, when missed am I
   Raking up leaves.

(From Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, 1901)



  1. Christopher,
    I know you mentioned that you receive less comments on your poetry posts, but I wanted to say that I enjoyed this one.

    I have never even picked up a work of poetry (unless you count things like Jabberwocky or The Iliad), but I am enjoying some of these works. Thanks for opening up my mind a little and making a difference in my life.

  2. @Eclectic Indulgence--What a lovely comment. I'm glad you're enjoying this stuff. I discovered, long ago, that poetry was an important part of my overall literary experience. You'll continue to encounter poetry and poetry discussions on my blog. Thanks for your visit and comment, you made my day! Cheers! Chris

  3. I linked this one in my "Friday Five" too!!!