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John Keats, “To Autumn”
John Keats, "To Autumn" is an ode to the season fall, it comprises of three stanzas and functions using a regular rhyme. Each of the stanzas consists of eleven lines, and it was written by the poet after a walk on one autumnal evening near Winchester. The poem describes the progression of the season and its flow from the maturity of crops to the beginning of winters CITATION Kea13 \l 1033 (Keats). The poet has beautifully and yet powerfully addressed the reality of life in this poem. “To Autumn” showcases the voyage of a person's life from the cradle to the grave, the inevitability of death and how one has the choice to live in aesthetic revelry.
Paragraph 1: Voyage of a person's life
Point 1: the process of ripening of fruits and the dropping of seeds and the process starting over again
Point 2: Labour of Autumn Season
Point 3: Decline of Autumn and beginning of Winters
Paragraph 2: Inevitability of death
Point 1: Slow acts of death occur every day
Point 2: Completion of lover’s embrace, reaping of grain in autumn
Point 3: Winters is the symbol of a time before death
Paragraph 3: Personal Choice to live in aesthetic revelry
Point 1: the human choice to spend life
Point 2: Beautiful Objects and landscapes
Point 3: Cottage and its surrounds, agrarian haunts of the goddess and the locales of natural creatures depicts the beauty of autumn.
‘To Autumn’ is a poem which depicts the growth, maturity, and decline which eventually approaches death. Using three stages of autumn, the poet describes the inevitability of death and decline and how one is slowly approaching it. By describing the contemporary beauty of autumn, he highlights that it is a human choice to celebrate and appreciate the beautiful things around until death approaches.
What could be the other perspective of the three stages of autumn?
How can one enjoy the aesthetic revelry according to Keats?
BIBLIOGRAPHY Keats, John. "To Autumn." Mays, Kelly J. The Norton introduction to literature. Ed. Spencer Richardson. 12th. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. 1119-1120.
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