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    The following is an extract from the poem 'The Months' by Christina Rosetti.
    'January cold desolate
    Stars fall and shoot
    In keen November. '
    What do 'desolate ' and 'keen ' mean?

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    Re: Meanings

    In January, there are no leaves on most of the the trees, very few flowers, etc. Many look like this:

    There might be fewer people outside because of the cold too. Can you now see why it's desolate?

    Have a look at the list of definitions for keen here:

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