medical profession and chose to pore over. Just as the mouth must work to voice a phrase such as To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells / With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, so is this harvest fantasia really a story of effort; the sun and season must. Think not of them. The pattern is formal and Keats uses lush imagery and personification. There are sibilant ss and soothing ms and the two fs in 'fruitfulness, which sound lavish on the tongue.
John, keats (read by Michael Stuhlbarg) To, autumn s personified autumn who conspires with the sun, sits careless on a granary floor.
John, keats (1795-1821) composed his sensuous ode.
John Keats To Autumn
He had watched his own brother die of tuberculosis just a few months before, and his medical training would have made clear to him the likelihood of his own fate. The rhetorical questions, exhorting the reader not to think about spring, of course immediately bring to mind that tender season, now played out. The speaker suggests that her hair is soft-lifted by winnowing wind, an alliterative, onomatopeiac line that conjures up whistling or the whinny of horses. The poet asks at the beginning of the second stanza, shifting his metaphoric imagination to see autumn as a harvester at rest. In an 1818 letter to his friend Richard Woodhouse, he imagined the role of the empathic, chameleon-like poet even more powerfully: As to the poetical Character itself. The trees and vines that climb high and crawl low are full of mature fruit and nuts; the flowers keep blooming, the beehives are overflowing with honey. Is the speaker reassuring the female spirit that Autumn too has a valid role to play in the cycle of life. We may rely on it, and must rely on it; the harvest is our means of surviving the cold that follows. No hungry generations tread thee down, he proclaims in Ode to a Nightingale, while the figures in the Ode on a Grecian Urn are For ever panting, and for ever young; / All breathing human passion far above.
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