451. William Cullen Bryant, a poet and journalist, said that autumn was "the year's last, loveliest smile." What does Bryant mean when he says it's the last smile of the year? Would you agree that it's the loveliest smile as well? Why or why not?
452. Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote about leaves falling from trees as if they were ghosts being driven away. How would the season be different if falling leaves actually were ghosts? How would raking be different? How would the ghostly leaves act and why?
453. Fall is the "mellow time" according to Irish poet William Allingham. Would you agree with him? What are some of the ways in which the fall is mellow for you? What are some ways in which it is the opposite? Which is the most mellow season for you and why?
454. In George Cooper's poem "October's Party," the leaves, sunshine, weather, and wind all come to play in a giant celebration for the season. Imagine that all these things could walk and talk and dance. What would their fall party be like and why? How would it change if humans were invited and why?
455. The fall season may be cause for us to be sad and sympathetic for the trees that are losing all their leaves, according to poet Robert Browning. Create a conversation between a tree losing its leaves and yourself. Would the tree be sad? Why or why not? How would you describe the fall, winter, and spring to a tree that didn't understand?
456. Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish poet, said that if a tree doesn't blossom in the spring, you certainly won't see fruit on it in the fall. Why do some people expect to get the "fruits" of success without putting in the necessary work first? What are some aspects of your life that require hard work first and why are they worth it?
457. There are people who would rather summer never end and transition into fall, according to author Hal Borland. These same people unsuccessfully hope the world will do exactly what they want. Why is it important to realize that some things are out of our control? How does it feel to accept that something is going to happen?
458. British humorist Thomas Hood said that many of the wonderful aspects of nature, including butterflies, fruits, flowers, and birds, were completely absent in November. Do you miss those aspects of nature as much as Hood? Why or why not? What are some of the more positive aspects of November?
459. Chuang Tzu, a 4th century Chinese philosopher, said that opinions are like autumn, gradually changing and passing away. How have your opinions changed in the last few years? How do you think they will change in the future? Do you think Chuang Tzu is right? Why or why not?460. According to Italian philosopher Umberto Eco, not only do opinions change, but the way we look changes like autumn as well. How do you think your looks will change as you get older? Which do you think is more important, what you have on the inside or what you have on the outside and why?