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?
In January, there are no leaves on most of the the trees, very few flowers, etc. Many look like this: http://solaceinabook.com/site/wp-con...TMP81_0080.jpg
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: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...merican/keen_1