To Autumn

By John Keats

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"To Autumn" is a poem by English Romantic poet John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821). The work was composed on 19 September 1819 and published in 1820 in a volume of Keats's poetry that included Lamia and The Eve of St. Agnes. "To Autumn" is the final work in a group of poems known as Keats's "1819 odes". Although personal problems left him little time to devote "To Autumn" is a poem by English Romantic poet John Keats (31 October 1795 –

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Book details

, 5 pages
Original Title
To Autumn
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Cheri

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more”



A relatively short poem by John Keats addressed to Autumn, the season, how connected it is with the lessening hours of the sun, the transition from the fruits of summer and the last flowers to bloom, to those fruits of Autumn, the gourds, apples, pumpkins, along with the birds and the bees. He likens Autumn to a goddess in the second stanza –

”Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind,”
or
”Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies…”


The third stanza seems to focus on the jealousy of Autumn of Spring. Spring in her eternal youth, offering relief after the bitterness winter brings, associated with the songs of birds and the rustling of budding leaves, but Autumn has her own music, if one is willing to listen, and gifts that abound.

”Think not of them, thou hast thy music too

Rabbia Riaz

Where other writers are sad in autumns spring,Keats seems to be very very happy even in the autumn season.The season of ripeness,of hope of spring ,of music produced by cattles going towards their homes....

Saylor Alberts

Personal Response:
I thought that this poem was extremely difficult to understand at first, but once I read it a few times, I figured out what it was about and what it was trying to portray to the audience. I thought the use of imagery in this poem was very well used and was very easy to picture in my mind.

Plot Summary:
This poem starts with the first stanza by talking about Autumn, describing its relation with the sun and the beauty, as well as when Autumn ripens fruits and causes the late flowers to bloom. In the second stanza, it describes Autumn as a female goddess, often seen sitting on the granary floor, her hair is then lifted by the wind, and seen sleeping in the fields or squeezing the juice from apples. In the third stanza, the poem says that Autumn wonders where the spring songs have gone, but listens to their own song of Autumn. At night, the crickets chirp along the river, willow trees are lifted and dropped by the wind, robins whistle from the garden, and swallows gather for migration an the birds sing from the sky

Characterization:
I will describe the character "Autumn". Throughout this entire poem, the season Autumn is being compared to the other seasons and stating the changing features that come with Autumn. The author also describes what nature does during this time of the year and all of the beauty that comes with the beautiful season of Autumn.

Audience recommendations"
I would recommend this poem for any boy or girl that is 12 years old or older. If anyone younger reads this, they most likely will not be able to understand what is happening and unable to comprehend the setting of the poem. If the reader does not enjoy poetry then DO NOT read this. If you do enjoy poetry about nature and its beauties, then you will enjoy this wonderful piece of poetry.

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The Ode To Autumn by John Keats



A beautiful Ode to a season in gold hues :)
All I can say is that Keats has truly felt for nature, and weaved this piece with love. The language, so careful, so rich. Loved it :)
Though I regret not reading this earlier.



Loved these lines:

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;

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Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,-
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;



Also, Autumn is my second favorite season, after winter :D



Soon, will write my own poem ;)

Syleena

Personal Response:
After reading the poem To Autumn by John Keats, I began to envision as if it were actually autumn. As you read through the poem, you get an almost exact picture in your mind of what autumn looks, sounds, feels, and smells like. Normally when you read a short poem, you don't expect to enjoy it or get a good understanding as you would a longer, more complex poem. When I read the first part, I knew it was going to be good.
Summary:
When you start reading the poem, the author explains how autumn looks and feels, then slowly leads into how summer gets jealous or chilled by just hoe beautiful autumn really is. Leading into the next part of the poem, the author tells of how autumn comes to an end and just how unappreciated the season really is. You get to understand the true beauty of the season with the words acting as a slap back to a past autumn were you wandered by not noticing all these glorious things. As the poem wraps up, explains how spring as being a mistake or a fast paced time period. You can really tell how in depth the author goes with this poem by just his use of describing words as if you are actually there experiencing it with the author.
Characterization:
You don't really get characters, nor the less you get to understand the seasons personalities. Like spring is described as being a more calmer season with birth and new beginning, while winter could be described as harsh and brutal.
Recommendations:
I recommend this poem to anyone looking for a new perspective on things. You will not only reconsider your views on seasons but pay closer attention to other things, the smaller things everyone passes by so easily.

María

Meh, Ode to a Nightingale y Ode to a Grecian Urn son mejores a mi parecer

Morgan Monty

Personal Response:
I enjoyed reading this poem due to its sense of imagery. I love books and poems with a lot of imagery incorporated into it. I like imagery because it almost puts you in the situation the author is trying to portray. In this case, the author is trying to portray the season autumn. Through the imagery given you can almost see the season as the author is describing it. I enjoyed this poem very much.
Plot Summary:
In this poem, the author is trying to portray the season of autumn. He is comparing the seasons to autumn. In the first stanza, the author is comparing autumn with the season summer and saying how summer is very well drawing to a close. In the second stanza the author is now talking about autumn itself. How everything in the outdoors moves during the autumn and how plants and animals grow or die off during this time. This stanza is the main topic of the entire poem itself. However, the title of the poem is To Autumn, therefore it explains how the season of autumn comes about and goes. In the last stanza, the author talks about the season of spring and the rains that are coming. He goes into detail about how the dying flowers and plants are coming back to life and how bright and beautiful they are along with the spring showers.
Characterization:
The author describes in detail three out of the four seasons that we see each year. These seasons include summer, autumn, and spring. He describes these three seasons with the main point being autumn, describing each as they will lead up to autumn. This is good imagery for seeing how things change between seasons. The first stanza he portrays the end of summer compared to fall. He explains summer as the time where fruits and vines are at their peaks. This is the highlight of their lives and where they are the most ripe. He also shows, through imagery, how ripe and plump each of the fruits are. In my mind I almost see all of the fruits and how colorful the forests and bushes are all around. The second stanza explains the season of autumn a little bit. He expresses autumn as a sorrowful time almost because he says things like, "winnowing wind, half-reaped furrow sound asleep, with patient look." Phrases like these indicate that it is starting to get dark and dreary throughout the days. This also explains what the plants are also doing. They would be drooping and almost dying by this point. In the last stanza, it explains the season of spring. The season of spring is portrayed as a very rainy, happy season where everything is starting to have life again. This stanza is explaining the changes that spring can hold with animals, plants, and humans.
Recommendation:
I recommend this poem to students in high school due to the difficulty of the poem. This poem may be hard to understand at some points if you are reading on your own. I gave this poem a four out of five stars because I really enjoyed the imagery that it portrayed with all of the seasons. I enjoyed how the author explained some of the images because sometimes they were difficult to picture without the extra sentence or two. However, I thought it was fairly difficult to read and comprehend. Overall, I really enjoyed this poem; I think that it was very well written.

Zephren Milentz

Personal Response:
This was a solid poem. John Keats is a good poet, and can convey feeling very well with his words. He does a good job explaining the environment. This poem was one of the best I have ever read, and will probably look into more poems by John Keats.
Characterization:
This poem does not have any characters. The narrator seems to be a very attentive person, who doesn’t miss a single detail in the environment. They vividly explain how they feel about the topic of the poem, and help you visualize it too.
Plot Summary:
The poem is mostly about what the narrator likes about the seasons. Then, the author tries to make you feel the same way about them by making them sound great.
Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes poetry. I am not the biggest fan of poetry, but every now and then I'll read one, but it amazes me how poets come up with ideas.

Haley Dearth

Personal Response:
I personally like this poem, because of its detail in it. The author uses great words to describe. I like how it helps you imagine the weather he is talking about and the feelings of autumn. I rated this poem three out of five, because I don't really like poems, and I didn't understand a couple of the words. All in all, this is a great poem.

Plot Summary:
In this poem, the author explains all of the seasons, and compares them to autumn. In the beginning, he compares autumn with summer, and how summer is coming to a close. The reason why this poem is called To Autumn, is because he explains the different seasons, and how autumn comes and goes every year. In this poem, you can definitely tell that the author really likes autumn.

Recommendations: I recommend this poem to high school students, since there are many words that are difficult to understand. This is overall a great poem, and I would definitely suggest it to people who like the seasons.

K. Anna Kraft

I've arranged my takeaway thoughts into a haiku:

"The year winding down,
Last call for sustaining warmth.
Autumn tends the gate."

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