The Seasons (Thomson)

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Frontispiece of an edition of The Seasons published by Alexander Donaldson

The Seasons is a series of four poems written by the Scottish author James Thomson. The first part, Winter, was published in 1726, and the completed poem cycle appeared in 1730.[1]

The poem was extremely influential, and stimulated works by Joseph Haydn, Thomas Gainsborough and J. M. W. Turner among many others.[1]

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Poem[edit]

Spring[edit]

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Summer[edit]

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Autumn[edit]

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Winter[edit]

[5]

Influence[edit]

The lengthy poem, reflecting on the landscape of the countryside, was highly influential and much liked for at least a century after its writing.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sambrook, 2004
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Spring (Thomson).
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Summer (Thomson).
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Autumn (Thomson).
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Winter (Thomson).
  6. ^ "James Thomson". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

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