George Marion McClellan (1860-1934) was a minister, teacher, fiction writer, and distinguished African American poet. He is best known for his two poetry collections, Songs of a Southerner and The Path of Dreams. In this poem, the speaker describes a September night in Anguilla, Mississippi. As you read, take notes on the author’s use of personification. This poem is for grade 11 readers. “A September Night” by George Marion McClellan (1916) is in the public domain.