The astronomical calendar tells us it won’t be winter for two more weeks (almanac page 381), but snow is forecast this weekend in New England and all the leaves are off the trees save those that the oaks are keeping — their leaves die in the fall but typically remain on the trees through much of the winter, making oaks easy to spot and name from a distance.
Great writers are keen observers, both of people and of nature. Robert Frost’s poem “Reluctance” is a poem for the end of autumn, just before winter begins, and it shows that Frost was just such a keen observer — why not read it aloud with your students this week.
Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.
The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question “Whither?”
Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?
What literary discoveries have you made in your homeschool this week? 😊