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Write an appreciation of 'To Autumn'. Consider poetic techniques, use of imagery, diction, rhythm etc, appeals to senses, the effectiveness of the poem for the reader, must be hand written.

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Write an appreciation of 'To Autumn'. Consider poetic techniques, use of imagery, diction, rhythm etc, appeals to senses, the effectiveness of the poem for the reader, must be hand written. In this essay I will try to explain how John Keats writes the ode 'To Autumn'. This means I will analyse the poem, and to the extent of my knowledge pick out the poetic techniques Keats uses. These will include, personification, the use of imagery, diction, rhythm, appeals to senses, similes, metaphors etc. To begin with he personifies the whole poem as if he where talking to the actually inanimate Autumn. Through the whole poem it is as if he was talking to Autumn, or maybe even Autumn is being meant as Mother Nature. An example of this is line 2, 'Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun.' ...read more.

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Keats has decided to use iambic pentameter, but at the same time use trochee or inverted iambs such as in line 1 when he writes, 'Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness,' stressing the 'Sea' when the pattern would usually have the stress after the non stress, and then repeat the pattern. Also he sometimes uses enjambment in the poem to speed up the pace that the reader reads it at. An example of this is, "To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more," The enjambment is actually just one of the ways in which he makes the poem read in a specific way. He also changes words to make it sound different, he may use an accent over some of the vowels to make the word pronounced with 2 syllables such as, 'barr�d,' and, 'twin�d.' ...read more.

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Keats uses, 'mellow fruitfulness,' 'fill all fruit with ripeness to the core,' and, 'plump the hazel shells,' for taste. He uses, 'clammy cells,' and, 'touch the stubble-plains,' for touch. Sight is used a lot in the poem but some of them are, 'seen thee amid thy store,' and, 'full-grown lambs.' Smell isn't really used much apart from in line 17, 'fume of poppies.' Now finally, most of the 3rd stanza is sound as Keats has used, 'songs of Spring,' 'lambs bleat,' Hedge-crickets sing,' 'redbreast whistles,' and, 'swallows twitter.' All of these senses help you picture the poem as a 3D image in your mind. The favourite of mine being, 'Drows'd with the fume of poppies,' as it uses powerful words like, 'Drows'd,' and, 'fume,' with poppies which I know the distinct smell of, so I can picture myself lying in a pile of poppies, being intoxicated by them whilst smelling the fresh air and looking at the ripe fruits, vast fields and colourful trees. ...read more.

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