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“To Autumn” by John Keats and “The Prelude” by Wordsworth

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Introduction

Two of the most skilled poets of all time were William Wordsworth and John Keats, both poets wrote romantic poetry. From poems like "To Autumn" by John Keats and "The Prelude" (1) by William Wordsworth we can see that both well known poets used their poetry to describe their feelings and the atmosphere of them around them. As Wordsworth lived before Keats time he is known to be the creator of this type of poetry, yet Keats seems to be a slightly better poet and it is clear that he has based his poetry from that of Wordsworth. In studying "to autumn" and "the Prelude" (1) I have discovered John Keats uses much better vocabulary than Wordsworth yet I think that Wordsworth states his emotions and feelings much clearer and much easier to understand. Both poets use nature in the poems to help them express their feelings especially John Keats who expresses himself triumphantly using a more positive aspect of nature. In Wordsworth's "the prelude" (1) ...read more.

Middle

The mountain is ''growing still in stature'' and the boy is deeply disturbed by what is happening. The boy feels that he would rather be safely back in ''the covert of the willow tree'' This again strains the great physical effort that was involved in the adventure, this seems to make the boy feel very insignificant and suggests that the boy isn't ready for adulthood yet and obviously makes the boy feel very confused. ''Blank Desertion'' is used to convey the poets state of mind, the boy is left deeply bewildered by his experience, he begins to have trouble sleeping and is haunted by ''huge and mighty forms'', the events have a long lasting effect on wordsworth and provides him with ''trouble to my dreams''. Keats poem 'Ode to Autumn' has three different stanza's in it, the first stanza appeals to the senses of sight and taste, the second to sight and smell and the third to the sense of hearing. The poem uses nature to symbolize the stages in someone's life, ''Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness'' creates a very springtime atmosphere yet it also suggests a sense of ripeness. ...read more.

Conclusion

The stanza ends with the image of worker pressing apples, the poet gives us an idea of the calm, gentle mood that he has ''thou watchest the last oozings''. The third and last stanza brings the long awaited and dreaded winter, the stanza begins giving us the idea that the poet is in a calm and collected mood. The poet realizes how spring is usually associated with happy times yet strongly disagrees, he believes that autumn is the bringer of the good times. ''And touch the stubble-plain with rosy hue'' this paints a beautiful yet melancholic picture of autumn which is very different from the ripe abundant images of the first two stanzas. This also express' the main theme of the poem, that life is a mixture of good and bad times. I have concluded that both poets have gone threw similar stages in there own lives, however I have noticed that Keats accepts changes and tries to move on whereas Wordsworth leaves himself in a worried state and cant quite grasp the fact that life changes as we get older, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst. ...read more.

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