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Both Keats and Hopkins present two different outlooks on nature through the theme, tone and imagery of their respective poems. The theme of Keats poem 'to Autumn' is that of the death of summer

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Both Keats and Hopkins present two different outlooks on nature through the theme, tone and imagery of their respective poems. The theme of Keats poem 'to Autumn' is that of the death of summer and the rebirth of the spring in which autumn marks a pivoting point. The first stanza shows us the image of summer which progresses to the death of summer in stanza 2. Stanza 3 however presents the idea that Autumn is necessary and marks the rebirth of the year. Hopkins poem however tries to display a vastly different theme. Hopkins religious links are evident in his poems content and reflect how he feels about both nature and god. He views nature as 'Gods Grandeur' and the theme of the poem is focused around the idea that how can people move away from god and miss his splendour. The tone of the poem 'to Autumn' is that of a much darker tone to that of 'Gods Grandeur' and focus on the necessity of Autumn to present the death of Summer. ...read more.

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The poem 'Gods Grandeur' has a completely different tone completely focusing on different aspects of nature, usually the relationship between nature and God. Therefore the first stanza which outlines his pity for the people who have turned away from god is a lot darker in tone than the second stanza. The second stanza is a lot lighter in tone and discusses the majesty of nature however all in a fairly down tone fashion. As if he wonders why nobody ever appreciates it. The imagery of both poems is also different. 'To Autumn'presents in the first stanza and image of summer in all its majesty. With 'all fruit ripeness to the core' and mellow fruitfulness'. Keats tries to give us a warm imagery of the summer to almost in a sense shock us into the death of summer shown in the second stanza. He does this through detailed writing concerning the imagery In the poem. The second stanza then reflects upon the death of summer. ...read more.

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Presenting it as a metaphor makes the idea much clearer to understand. The whole imagery of the poem feels dirty throughout the first stanza, which possibly reflects the idea that Hopkins considered the human race to be 'dirty' and full of sin. The second stanzas imagery is much more akin to reflection and it is hear where he describes 'the dearest freshness' and the beauty of the morning. In the last line he uses the imagery of a bird (breast, broods, and wings) for two reasons. One display and imagery of flying away and moving away. However it can also be interpreted as safety in the wings of the God who has chosen not to leave us but stay with us. This fits in with the stanzas theme of understanding and reflection of Gods presence. Both Hopkins and Keats provide two different outlooks on nature, emphasizing different ideas and views. ?? ?? ?? ?? Compare 'to Autumn" with "Gods Grandeur. How do the poems differ in their approach and description of nature ...read more.

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