Keats: Ode to Autumn Analysis
Ode to Autumn has a very different theme and style in comparison to many of Keat’s other poems. While most of Keats poems contain sharp cadences and emotionally charged themes, Ode to Autumn is a calm, descriptive poem about Keat’s perspective of the season Autumn and its relation to other season. In the Poem Ode to Autumn, Keats mainly utilizes rustic, vivid, visual and tactile imagery to describe the scenes of Autumn. The varying and slower cadences along with personification develops a more majestic and complacent mood to the description.
The first stanza is mainly comprised of an explanation of the fruitfulness of autumn in terms of harvest and the remains of summer’s overflow of warmth. Keats even explicitly states “mellow fruitfulness” (Keats 44) which can refer to the direct connection of a fruitful harvest of fall crops or be indirectly referring to the happiness of family and life, which is a common theme of fall in that it is the last complete in a year. People “load and bless” (Keats 44) for survival and support to survive the coming winter; Thanksgiving is also in the fall. As autumn provides great resources to all the people, the people also emulate the same idea. The common idea in this first stanza is the never-ending harvest and life in that autumn “swell[s] the gourd” (Keats 44) and completely ripens the fruit and is still set for “budding more” (Keats 44). In the first stanza Keats mainly utilizes flowing imagery with the heartfulness of autumn as a provider for all. By developing a pastoral setting with “mossed cottage-trees” (Keats 44)and a plethora of fruits and vegetables, Keats further develops a scene of calming harmony between the season and all aspects of nature. Autumn is described as a season wherein the beginning, nothing seems to be ominous of anything but happiness. Since “summer o’erbrimmed their clammy cells” (Keats 44) Autumn is the perfect season that gets the correct amount of warmth and...
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