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In what ways is 'to Autumn' alike and unlike 'Ode to a nightingale' and 'Ode on Melancholy' which you have also studied?

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In what ways is 'to Autumn' alike and unlike 'Ode to a nightingale' and 'Ode on Melancholy' which you have also studied? 'To Autumn' does hold a distinct difference to Webster's other poems, however similarities can be found. In first instance, all of the poems in question are odes, all of a serious subject. It is also obvious that 'to autumn' is the only title which does not contain 'ode' in its title. Webster appears to be almost in a different state of mind when creating 'To Autumn' however his style of writing and ways in expressing himself stay constant though out. 'To Autumn' and 'Ode to a Nightingale' hold similarities in the way Webster ends each poem. Webster lays out the structure of acceptance in a similar way, as both endings are about acceptance. 'To Autumn' is accepting death; we see this through the way Webster presents death as a positive. Webster uses positive adjectives before referring to death, such as 'bloom the soft-dying'. 'Bloom' creates the idea of growth and progress which shows that Webster sees death as a necessity to move on. ...read more.

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A 'choir' is a group of people who produce beautiful music, full of tranquillity; this is how Keats describes mourning and therefore shows that death is a positive thing. The differences highlighted between 'Ode to a nightingale' and 'To Autumn' is, their way of accepting is based on different concepts. 'To Autumn' does so in a positive way whilst 'Ode to a Nightingale' does not. 'To Autumn' can be related to 'Ode on Melancholy'; their ideas on life are similar. 'Ode on Melancholy's' theme is based on the idea that melancholy cannot be felt without feeling joy. Keats presents this through the view of 'Joy' being unable to feel melancholy, 'save him whose strenuous tongue / Can burst Joy's grape against his palate fine'. The grape metaphorically presents the feeling of happiness and that it needs to burst and be fully tasted in order for melancholy to be completely felt or understood. 'To Autumn' is similar in the sense that Keats understands that life and death come with each other, you cannot experience 'spring' without experiencing the robin 'red breast' in winter. ...read more.

Conclusion

'Patient' look creates the same type of aura, that life is calm and simple; full of neither patience not worry nor distress. It is clear that 'Ode on Melancholy' is very negative and 'To Autumn' is particularly positive in its presentation what also makes them similar is that Keats has created an image and run it through the entire poem without change but a continuous feel of the same emotion be it negative or positive. The way in which 'To Autumn' stands out from the other odes is its outlook on life and death, and its ability to fully accept both from the offset. The other odes however have a begrudging ability to accept anything. 'To autumn' is the only of the poems which does not have ten lines in its stanza's, it is as if the eleventh line is that extra bit of understanding and positivism, the extra space to be able to accept death. 'To Autumn' is a far more inspirational and beautifully positive poem creating a placid, relaxed and loving view whilst the others tend to make us, the reader, feel down and miserable as they have a much more pessimistic view on life. ...read more.

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