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Compare and contrast the views of Autumn inTed Hughes's 'There Came A Day' and John Keats's ' Ode To Autumn'. How do thepoets use language to convey these views?

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Compare and contrast the views of Autumn in Ted Hughes's 'There Came A Day' and John Keats's ' Ode To Autumn'. How do the poets use language to convey these views? There are many similarities and differences between the two autumn poems 'There came a day' by Ted Hughes and 'Ode to autumn' by John Keats. Both poems are based on autumn but they portray it in different ways. 'There came a day' presents autumn in a negative way where as 'ode to autumn' presents it in a positive way. The reason that John Keats may have written in a in a positive way about autumn is because he was a pre-twentieth century poet and had a love for nature and respect for the countryside. The style in which he writes is known as 'romanticism', which is when the poet writes from a personal view, rather than based on facts. Ted Hughes was a twentieth century poet and wrote in a slightly different way to John Keats. He knew a lot about nature and was fond of animals and plants. This could explain why he felt autumn is a harsh and ruthless season, because it symbolises decay and the end of most plant life until spring. ...read more.

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In the poem 'Ode to Autumn' John Keats narrates the poem and no character is used. There is not as much personification used in this poem. Although in the first stanza, Keats describes autumn as ''a close bosom-friend of the maturing sun.'' This quotation brings personality to autumn and associates the sun and autumn together. This is different to the way that Hughes portrays autumn, because he believes that autumn is not associated with the sun. In 'Ode to Autumn' metaphors are used differently and more subtly. In the first paragraph vines are said to ''round the thatch-eaves run'' describing the landscape. A simile is used in the second stanza when it says ''and sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep'' when it says 'gleaner' it refers to a collector. Both Keats and Hughes use quotations in their poems to make it more interesting, but Hughes answers them through the character of autumn and Keats leaves them rhetorical. Keats asks ''Where are the songs of spring, ay where are they?'' This rhetorical question asks where spring has gone and it shows disappointment for it being autumn. He then moves on telling the reader not to worry about the past, but to look forward to the future, and to be happy with what you have. ...read more.

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The first stanza is about the positive outlook on autumn and the harvest of food. The second stanza is about the state of hibernation and time, and the third is about the start of winter, migration and death. The vocabulary used in the poems is also very different. This is probably because of the period that the poems were written, and the poets' personal tastes and styles. John Keats was a pre-twentieth century poet, so the vocabulary used in his poem was very old fashioned and traditional. We can tell this from the following words and phrases "thou hast'' and "thou dost". Ted Hughes was a twentieth century poet, so his writing and use of language is more modern, phrases such as "stuff them" and "plucked it" imply that it is a more recent poem. The two poems have many differences and only a few similarities. I believe there to be so many differences to be because of the different time period that the two poets lived in because John Keats's poem is more traditional and Ted Hughes's is modern. It is also because of the different style they write in and their own personal points view about autumn. Although I feel the similarity between the two poems is that both poets show their individual feelings. Kate Dark English ...read more.

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