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Critical analysis of 'Ode to Autumn'.

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Introduction

Critical analysis of 'Ode to Autumn' John Keats was born in 1795. He was known to be a romantic poet; poetry that describes the natural world. The poem ode to autumn was written in 1819. Sadly Keats died in 1820. The poem ode to autumn is about how the season of autumn progresses. The first stanza of the poem is about the end of summer beginning of autumn. In this stanza Keats uses powerful adjectives to portray the English autumn. A good example of this are the lines,' And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;.........To swell the gourd, and plump he hazel shells.' The adjectives ripeness and plump paint an image in the mind of lots of fruits, they make the reader think of lush colours like red and orange.

Middle

You also anticipate the coming of the next season. The second stanza is about the middle of autumn. Evidence of this is the use of words connected with to harvesting such as granary. Since people harvest in the middle of autumn that is what the stanza is about. Keats personifies autumn throughout the poem an example of this is the line, 'Thy hair soft lifted by the winnowing wind.' By comparing autumn to a little girl, Keats implies that like a little girl autumn is beautiful and humble. The line emphasises the harmony of autumn and this effect, which is used throughout the poem, could also be a metaphor for the slow down of life in autumn.

Conclusion

It is just as important as spring that is a sign of new life. In conclusion I found John Keats poem 'Ode To Autumn' very unique and interesting because it is more like a short story than a poem because it progresses along the story of autumn so beautifully. The first stanza of the poem uses the images of fruit and seeds bursting with ripeness just waiting to be plucked. In the next stanza autumn is growing overripe and is lazy with the heaviness of its job. Finally in the last stanza autumn is slowly fades away and dies, still in all the beauty and glory that it came in with. These are the images that Keats paints for me in this poem through the words that he uses. I really enjoyed this exceptional poem by Keats. BY Nishant Gurnani 8A

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