The poem as printed here is a true version of the form originally penned by Keats, with individual stanzas marked 1,2 and 3. What makes this ode so profound is the use of certain words which create a unique atmosphere and of course the clear structure which makes it easy to understand. In this paper, your argument would work through analyses and close readings of stanza 1, stanza 2, and stanza 3. More recently, in 2012, a specific probable location of the cornfield that inspired Keats was discussed in an article by , Jayne Archer and Howard Thomas, which draws upon new archival evidence. No matter how far we are from our school days, fall retains the air of fresh beginnings. See pages 3 and 4 for examples of introductory paragraphs. The stanzas differ from those of the other odes through use of eleven lines rather than ten, and have a placed before the concluding line of each stanza.
He then continues on with the personification as if autumn and the sun were people, saying how they conspire in order to make the vines full and heavy with the ripest fruit for the cottages. The reader feels as thought they can see the mist and feel the smooth surface of the fruit. Describe how, in these examples of your thesis, the words, the rhythm, the images, the metaphors, and the other literary devices that Keats uses support your view of the poem. Using imagery he allows the reader to visualize the nuts and seeds. As night approaches within the final moments of the song, death is slowly approaching alongside the end of the year.
He seems here to favor equanimity in the face of mortality, encouraging the readers to savor rich autumn for as long as they can. Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue; Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn Among the river sallows, borne aloft Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft; And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. Analysis of Keats' To Autumn John Keats' poem To Autumn is essentially an ode to Autumn and the change of seasons. Bibliography Introduction This work has the purpose to get you acquainted with the greatest poet of Romanticism, John Keats. However, the third line is a C, a rhyme not in concord with the initial two. Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Note the spondee and the pyrrhic alongside the iambic which alters the pace, reflects the gnats river dance and gives a lilt to the cadence. Have students paraphrase and then illustrate the first two stanzas before stopping to discuss the change that occurs in the third.
It is overly lyrical and has a rhythmic device, generally common to all three stanzas, with the exception of the first stanza. It retains touches of formal rhetoric associated with the ode. The poem itself is comprised of three stanzas of similar length. These images refer to the process of ageing, which reinforces the seasons being born, slowly growing and then maturing and ripening. The following ode to Autumn is no unfavourable specimen. He was apparently inspired by observing nature; his detailed description of natural occurrences has a pleasant appeal to the readers' senses.
The purpose of the piece is to eulogize the season, exploring most illustriously its prosperity, tranquility and beauty. This female could be Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture and natural fertility. Thematically, the first part of each stanza serves to define the subject of the stanza, and the second part offers room for musing, development, and speculation on that subject; however, this thematic division is only very general. By that Keats expresses the importance of autumn for the whole. Line 8, croft: a small enclosed field. The mood here is a relaxing, gentle and gracious.
It is unclear why Keats chose to follow a different rhyme scheme for the last two stanzas, but it is certainly not an accident. Your paper needs to have the following sections: Introduction Review of the literature Argument Conclusion The following pages discuss these sections. The poem has three eleven-line which describe a progression through the season, from the late maturation of the crops to the harvest and to the last days of autumn when winter is nearing. That is not to say that there is not an undercurrent of misery running through the poem — of course there is. In lines 14—15 the personification of Autumn is as an exhausted labourer. The theme going in the first stanza is that Autumn is a season of fulfilling, yet the theme ending the final stanza is that Autumn is a season of dying. The ground has swollen with several plants and shrubs while hazel nuts are pulpy now.
Since the poet has personified autumn, hence, we may even see her as a harvester working in the fields, storing the harvest and oozing at some half reaped furrow. But the question has to be asked - Can a poem written by a leading poet be totally immune to the social, political and cultural environment it is born in to at that time? Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. The work has been interpreted as a meditation on death; as an of artistic creation; as Keats's response to the , which took place in the same year; and as an expression of sentiment. Does it follow any patterns that you recognize? This struck me so much in my Sunday's walk that I composed upon it. There is a fulfilling union between the ideal and the real. The thoughts of lambs bleating, and crickets chirping invade the mind and generate images of evening, because the crickets are chirping. Winter on the other hand is cold and hard but also the time of feasts like Christmas — a time which brings whole families together for a while.
They combine their energies to load, bless, bend, fill, swell, plump and set all the flora; harvest time has arrived and there is a bounty, secretly produced by these powerful spirits. In the last stanza, Keats addresses Autumn herself, physically, implying that Autumn is mourning the loss of spring, and considers herself at odds with her far more beautiful counterpart. Also, briefly describe the points that you will use in your essay to support this thesis. What makes this ode so profound is the use of certain words which create a unique atmosphere and of course the clear structure which makes it easy to understand. Ode to Autumn Critical Analysis, a romantic poem by John Keats Keats, a wonderful romantic, personifies Autumn in conveying the message that the beauty of autumn is ought to be enjoyed though it be transitory and short lived.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1973. As the farmer processes the fruits of the soil into what sustains the human body, so the artist processes the experience of life into a symbolic structure that may sustain the human spirit. Heroes of Literature, English Poets. Ask, what might an illustration of this last stanza look like? You could in a sentence also preview what you are going to say about the poem. Really, without joking, chaste weather—Dian skies—I never liked stubble-fields so much as now—Aye better than the chilly green of the Spring.