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24/12/03 Critical Essay Kughan Malairaj "Ode to Autumn" by John Keats This poem that I am going to be focusing on is titled "Ode to Autumn", written by John Keats. This poem shows an aspect of the natural world and I am going to prove in detail how the techniques used by the poet made me think more deeply about the subject. The title of this poem is "Ode to Autumn". This is basically what the poem is about. The poem focuses on autumn, one of the four seasons. I am going to be focusing on two techniques used by the poet which are mood and word choice. Autumn is known to us as a season heading into the cold winter. However, the poet expresses Autumn as a fun-filling and a season with numerous activities. The poem was written around two hundred years ago and this might be why their autumn might be different from ours. In the poem, Autumn is expressed as a warm and nice season. There are three stanzas in this poem, each focusing on a different insight to autumn. ...read more.


Finally, in the first stanza, the poet uses repetition to also convey and image of plenty. The expression "to set budding more and still more" shows that there is plenty. It also shows something infinite. The poet uses the repetition of the word 'more' to convey this image. This type of technique used is very effective as it increases the emphasis on the right message that the poet is trying to carry across. The second stanza focuses on the behaviour of the poet and how he reacted to autumn. It also shows how relaxing autumn was. Again, the poet starts the stanza with an expression, this time a question. "Who hath not seen Thee oft amid thy store?" The poet then goes on to answer this question. The third line in the second stanza reads "sitting on a granary floor". This suggests that the poet was relaxing on the granary floor in a laid back atmosphere. The poet uses the word choice 'winnowing' before including the word wind. This technique is effective because it brings in a sense of motion in the wind and the word 'winnowing' means blowing. ...read more.


The poet uses some words to show things dying and fading away. One example is "soft-dying day". This is effective because it shows how the lovely days of autumn coming to an end. The poet also uses the word 'rosy hue' in a symbolic manner to describe the sun. Another expression used by the poet is "the light wind lives or dies" to bring life to the wind in the form of personification. The mood of the final stanza is slow and sad as the season of autumn dies. The poet gives examples of animals in distress such as "full-grown lambs loud bleat", which suggests that the lambs getting ready to be slaughtered. It also gives a message to the reader that autumn was a loved season, for the people and even the animals. The poem as a whole is to prove that autumn was a great season. It also convinced the reader that autumn was bright, warm and relaxing. The poet positively uses word choice and the right mood to give a good impression of autumn. Finally, the poet's use of the techniques listed has allowed me to think more deeply about the subject of the natural word, in this case autumn. ...read more.

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