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Compare and contrast 'To Autumn' and 'Spring', showing how Keats and Hopkins reveal the qualities of the seasons
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Compare and contrast 'To Autumn' and 'Spring', showing how Keats and Hopkins reveal the qualities of the seasons.
In the two poems 'To Autumn' by Keats and 'Spring' by Hopkins, the qualities of the two seasons are revealed in many different ways. Keats wrote 'To Autumn' on September 19, 1819, half a year before he died. Keats suffered from consumption, and therefore would have known that he was about to die, so it is possible that an element of his poem showing autumn coming to an end, could also be referring to his life coming to an end. Keats was a well known Romantic poet (often inspiring pre-Raphaelite painters) and so his writing contained many appeals to the senses. Hopkins had a love of individuality in his writing, and wrote very lavishly, showing nature as it should be when un-interfered with by man. He wrote his poem, 'Spring', in May 1877, before becoming a Jesuit priest in the summer of the same year. Because Hopkins did not publish his poems, he was able to have his own ideas and didn't have to worry about pleasing people with his poems.
The structures of the poems are very similar in
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