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SONNET: THE HUMAN SEASONS, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Four seasons fill the measure of the year
Last Line: Or else he would forego his mortal nature.
Variant Title(s): The Seasons Of Man
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Seasons


FOUR Seasons fill the measure of the year;
There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
Spring's honey'd cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness -- to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.





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