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Explain the poem "Ode to Autumn" by John Keats.

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"Ode to Autumn" is a three part praise to the nature of autumn that begins with sensory imagery about spring. The poem follows the definitive strophe, antistrope, epode structural form of an ode. Understanding the form helps guide understanding of the ode.
The strophe (i.e., first stanza) describes spring as the "Season of mists [rains] and mellow fruitfulness" and as the "bosom-friend of the maturing sun." This line has an inversion of syntax in which "maturing" precedes the noun "sun."

The structure of this line should mean that the sun is maturing, or moving further into the year, which is a convention usually reserved for the autumn season or the metaphoric autumn of life. Yet in this perhaps less than...

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It is crystal clear that the nature related poem "Ode to Autumn" which is wriiten by a major romantic poet "John Keat" indicates several number of realistic themes regarding the human life parrelel to the mother of nature using heart felt visual imagaries very efectively. Here I am much interested in commenting on the generel theme which i grasped by deeply attending to the poem. According to my own point of view the inventor of this literary work has taken a great effort to convince his idea of the unavoidable reality of the human life while illustrating the season of winter,beauty of a riping women and etc.