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Explain the lyrical imagery in "To Autumn".

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This poem is practically bursting with imagery—descriptions that appeal to one or more of our five senses. In the first stanza, we can imagine the sight of the "cottage trees" that "bend with apples," the "gourd" which has "swell[ed]" with the season and the "plump [...] hazel shells." We can also easily imagine the sight of the bees' "clammy cells" which are "o'erbrimm'd" with honey. These are all examples of visual imagery because they describe things that we might see.

In the second stanza, we have another visual image of the...

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