An Autumn Evening, by L. M. Montgomery

Lucy Maude Montgomery (1874 - 1943) became famous as the author of the now classic tale of a girl growing up on Prince Edward Island, Canada. She had a powerful ability to create scenes that are warm and engaging. Readers came to care not only for her characters, but the settings that surrounded them.

An Autumn Evening

Dark hills against a hollow crocus sky
Scarfed with its crimson pennons, and below
The dome of sunset long, hushed valleys lie
Cradling the twilight, where the lone winds blow
And wake among the harps of leafless trees
Fantastic runes and mournful melodies.

The chilly purple air is threaded through
With silver from the rising moon afar,
And from a gulf of clear, unfathomed blue
In the southwest glimmers a great gold star
Above the darkening druid glens of fir
Where beckoning boughs and elfin voices stir.

And so I wander through the shadows still,
And look and listen with a rapt delight,
Pausing again and yet again at will
To drink the elusive beauty of the night,
Until my soul is filled, as some deep cup,
That with divine enchantment is brimmed up.

We have an evocation of an autumn evening. Seemingly just a scene, with dark hills, a sunset cradling a dying twilight. There is a moon, distant and quiet, rising. Ancient human life has left its mark on the season with runes and mournful melodies. Druid glens and elfin voices are mystic and pagan, strange - and yet familiar. Now the action. She wanders through the shadows, and suddenly she is filled. Looks, listens, drinks in the autumns's presence. Her cup brims to near overflow. With what? The elusive beauty of the autumn night.

We can feel the wistful, fleeting nature of the experience. For though the scene is set, the action takes place, the cup is filled and she is sated, the very knowledge that this is autumn leaves the reader knowing that winter is just around the corner.

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Interesting Fact:

L.M. Montgomery was the author of "Anne of Greengables". The story has been an inspiration to young people for generations.


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