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POETRY - TO AUTUMN
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It is a dedication to the season - he adores it. The poem is an Ode (praise for an inanimate object)
What does the title suggest about the poet's intentions?
Passing of time - stages of life
1 = abundance of food - Autumn produces lots
2 = harvest and rest - joy of having worked hard
3 = end of season moving into winter, and death
What is each stanza about?
To remind us that Autumn too has its beauty - Thematically, we needn't look for the next thing in our lives - live in the moment.
What is the significance of the line: 'Where are the songs of Spring? Aye, where are they?'
'Gathering swallows twitter in the skies' - season is getting ready to leave - metaphoric for death coming - but there is still beauty in it.
What is the last line and what does it suggest?
Keats loved nature - A Romantic poet - was surrounded by death his whole life - tuberculosis killed most of his family, and him too at just 25 yrs. He may have been aware of his illness when writing the poem (as he was a trained doctor), but seems to accept it.
What is the context of the poem?
'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' - suggests a calm yet abundant time of year. The whole poem explores both of these all the way through.
How does the poem begin and how does it set up the poem?
Time passes evenly, reflected by even 11 line structure. 3 stanzas could reflect stages of life: Eventually life ends, but it is natural and a part of things.
If essay was based on time passing, what would be your driving discussion?
There is great beauty and purpose in nature: time passes evenly, reflected by even 11 line structure. 3 stanzas could reflect stages of life: Eventually life ends, but it is natural and a part of things.
If essay was based on nature, what would be your driving discussion?
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