Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"To Autumn" / Edward Sorel

Here's the last stanza of an evocation of fall by John Keats, supposedly the most anthologized poem in the English language.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

From a series called "The Fall" by Norwegian photographer Christopher Jonassen.

"Summer School"
Addendum: Recently I ran a poem by La Fontaine highlighting the change of seasons ("The Ant and the Cricket"), with an illustration by Quentin Blake. I'm thrilled to report we now have in stock The Complete Fables of La Fontaine: A New Translation in Verse, with illustrations by Edward Sorel. I love it/him! Sorel has done innumerable New Yorker covers, is a children's book illustrator, had the longstanding "First Encounters" series in The Atlantic, and is a fierce satirist. There's a "Masters Series" tribute to him going on right now at the School of Visual Arts in New York. 

"Degas meets Cassatt"


  1. Great post! A fitting tribute to my favorite season. Where were these pictures taken?? I need to take a road trip, it seems...

  2. I am in love with the photos from Christopher Jonassen. Fall is my favorite time of the year and the poem/pictures were lovely to view. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Design, saturated color, angle ... they have them all. I guess the photos were taken in Norway.
    You're so welcome!