As he roamed the stubble-plains of Winchester in September, tubercular bacteria were already colonizing his lungs. 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. Parallel to this, the poem depicts the day turning from morning to afternoon and into dusk. Autumn may be seen sitting on a threshing floor, sound asleep in a grain field filled with poppies, carrying a load of grain across a brook, or watching the juice oozing from a cider press. He had just returned from a stroll near the town of Winchester in Hampshire, England. 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 first stanza of the poem represents Autumn as involved with the promotion of natural processes, growth and ultimate maturation, two forces in opposition in nature, but together creating the impression that the season will not end.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Keats's Odes and Contemporary Criticism. However, the title of the poem is To Autumn, therefore it explains how the season of autumn comes about and goes. Personal Response: I enjoyed reading this poem due to its sense of imagery. This poem was one of the best I have ever read, and will probably look into more poems by John Keats. Throughout the beginning of the poem, Keats touches on the beauty and richness of autumn. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993.
The season which we generally consider to be wed to stillness and dryness, Keat's has portrayed it in a completely different way. I love books and poems with a lot of imagery incorporated into it. Plot Summary: The poem is mostly about what the narrator likes about the seasons. If you do enjoy poetry about nature and its beauties, then you will enjoy this wonderful piece of poetry. 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? He describes these three seasons with the main point being autumn, describing each as they will lead up to autumn. He does not view autumn still from a wider perspective, but personifies the season itself, to make it, perhaps, easier for his reader to empathize with the season that he is so painstakingly bringing to life. After Keats had composed this poem, he wrote a letter to his friend calling his work a genesis Flesch.
The poem employs iambic pentameter, each line as ten syllables. I think that I would say that I would read it again for my English class, but I probably won't read it again. Keats, who was not as fond of Shelley, did not follow his advice. The Music of What Happens. Two of the most influential critical magazines of the time, the Quarterly Review and Blackwood's Magazine, attacked the collection. This is basically what the poem is about.
There is a fulfilling union between the ideal and the real. Where are the songs of Spring? We will never fully understand life, not even in a million years. So, is To Autumn simply about the season and nothing else? I would say that this has a more kind of seasonal vibe going on throughout the book. On 19 September 1819, Keats walked near Winchester along the. This page uses content from. Somehow, a stubble-field looks warm—in the same way that some pictures look warm. I wanted to read this poem after stumbling across a mention of it in , in the essay Rhyme and Reason by , and realising that it was written on a walk in Winchester that I have very fond memories of myself.
Regardless, a wonderful poem to evoke the senses and an appreciation for Autumn. Where are the songs of Spring? The poem even manages to bring up a leaf now if that isn't seasonally describing Autumn I don't know what is. From this, in that middle stanza, we move inside the granary store, where the harvest has been gathered and stored up for winter. 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. Countering this view, Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Roe and others focused on what they believed were political allusions actually present in the poem, Roe arguing for a direct connection to the of 1819.
Stanza 3 Line 3, barred clouds: thin, horizontal clouds which resemble bars or strips. In the beginning, he compares autumn with summer, and how summer is coming to a close. This was the last great ode he was able to write before he died Prince. He does a good job explaining the environment. The slowing of time is sensual, though the pleasures are subtler when contrasted with the visual riot of the first stanza. Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Through the imagery given you can almost see the season as the author is describing it. In the last stanza, the author talks about the season of spring and the rains that are coming.
A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on the Poems of John Keats. His parents were wed for barely a year when John was born. Plot Summary: This poem starts with the first stanza by talking about Autumn, describing its relation with the sun and the beauty, as well as when Autumn ripens fruits and causes the late flowers to bloom. I like how it helps you imagine the weather he is talking about and the feelings of autumn. In this poem, you can definitely tell that the author really likes autumn. The music of a different season isn't heard for it is anew season with new adventures, like seasonal jumping jacks.