Autumn Song Within a leaf a fire burns The frost comes drifting on the air And in the dew on dying ferns A spider's web is angel's hair The wind blows sharper through the trees The foxes curl into their dens And in the dusk, the fallen leaves Their cover to the cold earth lend The robins go, the starlings fly The clouds of coming snow portend No longer buzz the dragonflies For Winter's just around the bend.
Laura Harmon's Questions:
Is the tempo, meter, or phrasing of the line "The foxes curl into their dens" awkward or out of place with the rest of the poem?
Is the phrasing of "Their cover to the cold earth lend" awkward (I can't decide whether I think it is or not)?
Does the rhyme scheme work well or does trying to rhyme detract from the poem?
Thank you for considering this poem.