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Discuss why the poem "To Autumn" is a Romantic poem.

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Romanticism came about partly in reaction to the characteristics of the Age of Reason; therefore, Romanticism is much more focused on emotion than reason. Imagination is a big part of the genre, too, and Romanticism is most definitely partial to revering nature. Nature has the potential and power to heal, inspire, and even impart knowledge.

In that regard, nature is a very real and solid presence. It is not something that exists in the background. It is physical and something that can be interacted with in a relationship. For this reason, it is common for Romantic authors to personify nature, and Keats does that throughout this poem. He does this most notably during the poem's second stanza, where the speaker portrays nature as someone sitting around and relaxing on the granary floor. Keats goes on to show nature as someone taking a nap in a field or strolling across a brook.

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of...

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