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Analysis Of To Autumn By John Keats

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Keats wrote 'To Autumn' directly after abandoning 'The Fall of Hyperion', during September of 1819. It is among the last of his poems and it is often regarded as the most achieved of his odes. 'To Autumn' is more abundant than at first glance. It didn't touch me like 'Ode to Psyche', but it left me with an equally pleasant feeling of harmony and purpose. Keats once said about Byron 'He describes what he sees - I describe what I imagine, mine is the hardest task'. 'To Autumn' is certainly evidence of this process. The first stanza though, is building up the landscape in a more concrete way. Its full of excellent picture language ...view middle of the document...

I can relate to it so much because it holds such optimism and harmony. Actually it seems to me that the entire second stanza (except the last four lines) is heavy with sleepiness. Take for example the following:Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,Drows'd with the fume of poppies while they hook,Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:The four last lines of the second stanza which I spoke of, consists of the realisation of Autumn in physical action. A girl (autumn) walks on a plank across a brook when she is out collecting leaves or something. Then she sits by the cider press watching the last oozings being squeezed from the pulp. Then in the third and final stanza the purpose of the poem becomes clear, in the tenderness of the second line. Here are the first two lines:Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?Think not of them, thou hast thy music too.In the last verse he sheds light on the fact that everything has a purpose. Autumn, the season which robs us of summer's warmth, which tears down the leaves from the trees, which prepares the world for the coming of dark winter, has its purpose too. What would spring be without autumn, waking without repose, light without dark, indeed life without death? 'To Autumn' demonstrates that everything will change with the natural circular motion of everything. And that which is generally regarded as bad is also essential to the persistence of life.

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