| Quote #10
Then comes the summer season with gentle winds,
Like Spring’s, Summer’s description focuses on new growth. In this case, though, the growth probably refers to that of food crops, in anticipation of the autumn harvest. Here, the wind is the power behind the transformation rather than the rain.
| Quote #11
But then autumn comes quickly and urges it on,
Here again, wind is the precipitating factor for the defining events of autumn: it causes dust storms and falling leaves. Here, however, the focus is not on new growth but upon decay: "all ripens and rots that had sprung up first." This idea echoes the one with which the passage began, of time bringing change in its wake.
| Quote #12
And winter comes round again, as custom requires,
The turning of the season from fall to winter is what causes Gawain to remember this quest. In this way, his life is made to seem bound up with that of the natural world. The seasons dictate what he must do, like they do for flowers, birds, or harvest plants