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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Songs and Poems


by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost -
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

Discussion Questions
  1. Describe the meter of this poem.
  2. Rewrite the first stanza as prose.
  3. How do the crows "form and go."
  4. Why does the writer want the tree to release one leaf at break of day and one at noon?
  5. What is the poet trying to slow down? Why is the slowing "for the grapes' sake?"
  6. Draw a picture to illustrate the third stanza.
  7. Vocabulary words: averse, beguile, retard