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To Autumn: John Keats Critical Response Shaunna Deeney Sometimes a poem can be successful in helping us to look at an aspect of human life or nature from a fresh perspective. Choose a poem in which you think is successful in doing this and show how the writer's poetic techniques help you to view an aspect of human life or nature differently. In 'To Autumn' John Keats talks about the three distinct stages of Autumn, this is why he is successful in helping the reader to look at aspects of human life and nature from a fresh perspective. The three stages John Keats mentions are the growth periods of time, the harvesting and the dying of the crops. In the first stanza Keats shows us the growing stage of Autumn, yet in the third stanza the main theme is death and how Autumn is the season of 'dying'. However, by using the stages of Autumn as a metaphor for the process of death, Keats manages to put the concept of death into a different, more positive light. Keats also uses many different writing techniques to help the reader to view the aspects of human life and nature differently, throughout Keats put this in a favourable light and this is why the poem is enjoyable to read. One of the many poetic techniques which Keats uses is word choice. ...read more.


Another example of alliteration is used successfully in stanza 2, the effectiveness is the way that the reader gets the sound and can imaging the movement of the wind with the 'W' being stressed on in the expression, 'winnowing wind'. Ultimately, one last example of alliteration comes in stanza 1, 'And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core', The way that you tend to say the words 'fill' and 'fruit' is if your mouth is filled, this gives the effect of imagining the great amounts of fruit and how juicy and ripe they are. One of the main techniques used in the poem by Keats is personification and anthropomorphism. Throughout the poem Keats personifies the sun, 'Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; conspiring with him how to load and bless..' This shows that Keats is saying that Autumn and the sun are very friendly and they are planning something and Keats tells us of how the sun and Autumn are conspiring. This appeals heavily to the readers sense of visualisation as you can think of a picture of Autumn and the sun planning and talking. You could also look at the 'conspiring' in a more abstract way, as the Latin 'conspire' translates to English as to breathe together as one. This shows also how the sun helps Autumn, by 'breathing' on the crops to help them flourish and grow. ...read more.


John Keats also uses many more techniques one more that I will pick up on is the rhetorical questions which we can see an example of at the very beginning of stanza 3, they 'death' stanza, 'Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?" This shows that at the end of Autumn things may be confusing and looking at nature, the young may be confused of what is happening and at the dying stage of life, some people die and think that their life has went in quickly and they may think to themselves, where has my life gone?, in a similar way this is a rhetorical question. Overall, John Keats' poem 'To Autumn', as a reader is my perspective to the definitive of Autumn and reading the poem has changed my way of looking at Autumn and has successfully let the reader see how the writer's poetic techniques help the reader to view an aspect of human life or nature differently as you still see it as the beginning living your life and dying but this poem shows many stages in between and through the point of nature it shows the animals sadness and confusion of Autumn. I can now see Autumn, not as the season of dying or what comes unnecessarily between Summer and Winter, but a fun filled season and a season of preparation and maybe just the very most important season of the year. Shaunna Deeney. Miss Belton. 4.19. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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