My November Guest
My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.
The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.
Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.

— Robert Frost

November Birthdays

November 7 Albert Camus (French, born 1913)
November 8 Gottlob Frege (German, born 1848)
November 16 Robert Nozick (American, born 1938)
November 17 Mikhail Bakhtin (Russian, born 1895)
November 21 Voltaire (French, born 1694)
November 23 Peter Strawson (British, born 1919)
November 24 Baruch Spinoza (Dutch, born 1632)
November 28 Friedrich Engels (German, born 1820)