The rich colours of the leaves add to the glory of the but they are like a swansong: a sign that the vegetation is dying. The image is dismissive of cosy, predictable and naive expressions of emotion which lay themselves open, however heartfelt, to derision. An Analysis of the Poem To Autumn by John Keats For your Unit 3 paper, your thesis will be your own interpretation and statement of what the poem To Autumn means. In the final stanza, autumn is seen as a musician, and the music which autumn produces is as pleasant as the music of spring — the sounds of gnats, lambs, crickets, robins and swallows. This is a knowledge of which Autumn's children are pathetically innocent: the 'full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn' but they do not know what is around the corner. Keats was prepared to accommodate some of the criticism directed at him, particularly in regard to 'Endymion' 1817.
It also has a strong sense of imagery and uses personification. Stanza 3 describes the passing of Autumn and the implicit expectation of winter. Here all is relaxed and calm, life-accepting. To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees. There is nothing confusing or complex in Keats' paean to the season of Autumn, with its fruitfulness, its flowers, and the song of its swallows gathering for migration. Again Autumn is a reaper.
Where are the songs of spring? In the second stanza, autumn is a thresher sitting on a granary floor, a reaper asleep in a grain field, a gleaner crossing a brook, and, lastly, a cider maker. Really, without joking, chaste weather -- Dian skies. It is the fate of any creation. It is noteworthy that To Autumn is the only major poem of Keats that is completely unsexual. 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.
The need to live in harmony with nature is stressed vividly with the scenes in the second stanza. The fact that she watches their 'last oozings hours by hours', emphasises the drawn-out nature of their destruction. In a letter to Reynolds of 3 May 1818, Keats identifies Wordsworth's Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey as the best example of poetic under-standing of human suffering: 'We feel the 'burden of the Mystery', To this Point was Wordsworth come, as far as I can conceive, when he wrote 'Tintern Abbey' and it seems to me that his Genius is explorative of those dark Passages. We will never fully understand life, not even in a million years. In terms of both thematic organization and rhyme scheme, each stanza is divided roughly into two parts.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Joe Sutcliffe examines 'To Autumn' in relation to Keats's anxieties about personal difficulties and about criticisms of the personal nature of his earlier poetry. The grasshoppers chirp and swallow twitters in the sky. Most importantly, the image of Autumn winnowing and harvesting in a sequence of odes often explicitly about creativity recalls an earlier Keats poem in which the activity of harvesting is an explicit metaphor for artistic creation. Her mother died of cancer on 15 September 1821, leaving five daughters, Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and a son Branwell to be taken care of by her sister, Elizabeth Branwell. The theme of ripeness is complemented by the theme of death and that of death by rebirth.
This will take up most of the body of your paper, and will for this paper require about 3 — 4 pages. The use of 'mellow' conjures up an associated colour; one of warmth and age, the parchment yellow of ripened pears perhaps, or the sienna of fallen leaves - all of which fall under 'fruitfulness'. The understated sense of inevitable loss in that final line makes it one of the most moving moments in all of poetry; it can be read as a simple, uncomplaining summation of the entire human condition. Your paper needs to have the following sections: Introduction Review of the literature Argument Conclusion The following pages discuss these sections. Somehow, a stubble plain looks warm, in the same way that some pictures look warm. Identify the poem that you are writing your thesis about.
The woman tries to kill the flea throughout the poem, also killing their bond, but the speaker gives reasons through literary devices why she should not. However, Autumn is also a time of richness and abundance before the scarcity of winter and Keats has used extensive vocabulary and language to draw a detailed picture in the mind of the reader of this brief, colourful season. This suggests an intimacy, almost a friendship, and here the elements of classic mythology, which sit at the roots of Romanticism, are apparent. Whatever the precise state of his feelings and knowledge about his health, he is occupied in the poem more deeply than merely 'gaping after weather', as he jokingly tells Reynolds. Somehow, a stubble-field looks warm — in the same way that some pictures look warm. To Autumn expresses the essence of the season, but it draws no lesson, no overt comparison with human life.
In one way, this gives a hint of the coming winter when shallows will fly to the warm south. Reynolds: How beautiful the season is now — How fine the air. However, death is an important factor here. If Autumn were a metaphor for life, then it would represent those of middle age, who have the benefit of hindsight and the wisdom of years of experience to draw from. Question How does Keats demonstrate the power of nature? Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, 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 thy hook Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers: And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep Steady thy laden head across a brook; Or by a cyder-press, with patient look, Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours. Time passing: as well as the seasons themselves, direct or indirect reference is made to the passing of days, hours and to whole lives.