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To Autumn

First, let's review what "personification" means. Personification is when an author gives an inanimate object or abstract idea human qualities. In John Keats' poem "To Autumn" the poet begins to...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016, 7:08 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020, 11:28 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

Personification is a major literary feature of "To Autumn." Personification is a literary device in which non-human subjects are given human traits. Here, personification makes the description of...

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In John Keats's poem "To Autumn," the speaker declares that autumn has its own unique songs. According to the speaker, the songs of autumn include the sounds of gnats that resemble a mournful...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019, 1:55 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

One of Keats's greatest poems, "To Autumn," is at first glance a seemingly simple description of a season. Keats describes classic autumn scenes in the first and third stanzas, and in the second he...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

The speaker refers to Autumn as the "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" because he wishes to honor and compliment the season whose hallmarks some might see as less beautiful than "the songs...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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The first stanza of Keats's "Ode to Autumn" describes the"“mellow fruitfulness" of the season. Fruit is mentioned several times and, as the cells of the honey bee have been "o'er-brimmed," the...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019, 12:54 am (UTC)

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In his preface to the groundbreaking volume of poetry Lyrical Ballads, William Wordsworth defines Romantic poetry as emerging from the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 11:02 am (UTC)

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In the opening stanza of the poem, the poet describes how nature produces trees and branches that "bend with apples," and fill "all fruit with ripeness to the core." The implication here is that...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2021, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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In the poem "To Autumn," the season of autumn is personified in various ways. First, the autumn is personified as a close friend of the sun. In fact, the autumn and the sun are "close bosom"...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2012, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

We can help you get started on this. The poem is about the season, autumn, so to find metaphors and other figures of speech, look at each line to find how the poet describes the season. What do you...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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"To Autumn" has a relatively intricate rhyme scheme of abab cdedccee in the first stanza and the 2nd and third stanzas are abab cdecdde. The ode describes autumn and in the second and third...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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In the final stanza, the speaker of the poem suggests that the season of Spring is always thought of as the most beautiful of seasons. However, he wants to make the argument, it seems, that Autumn...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019, 2:40 am (UTC)

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In his ode "To Autumn", Keats describes the season in vivid terms as being full of "mists and mellow fruitfulness." This creates a rich sensory impression of autumn, characterizing it according to...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 11:15 am (UTC)

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Keats's ode "To Autumn" is an apostrophe, which means it directly addresses someone or something absent or merely rhetorical. In this case, as the title of the poem indicates, the speaker addresses...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016, 5:48 am (UTC)

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An ode is a kind of lyric poetry—which expresses the poet's or speaker's feelings—that praises something, usually something that it directly addresses. In this poem, Keats does praise the season of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

Personification is the attribution of human characteristics to non-human objects. In his poem "To Autumn," English poet John Keats employed the literary device of personification to the autumnal...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2017, 2:43 am (UTC)

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The poem “To Autumn” employs words that evoke the five senses, including sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. Keats cleverly and creatively empowers these sense through his use of specific words...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 2:57 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

Three examples of personification in the second stanza of Keats' "To Autumn" are as follows: In the first line, the speaker invokes autumn as an autonomous being by posing the question "Who hath...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 7:25 pm (UTC)

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Keats is using personification throughout this poem as he compares the changes in the seasons to the relationship between a woman (autumn) and a man (the sun). In this poem, Keats is looking back...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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This poem by John Keats, one of the most well-known Romantic poets, is in the form known as an ode, which is a type of poem that is usually intended to celebrate a particular person or thing. The...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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Similes are comparisons using "like" or "as." This makes them easy to locate in a work of literature, because in the absence of the words "like" and "as," there is no simile. However, not every...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

Keats both celebrates and mourns the bounty and rich beauty of fall. He describes the beauty of the season through the apples bending the trees' boughs with their weight, the gourds swelling, and...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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Keats uses rhetorical questions in this poem, asking autumn the following: Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? . . . Where are the songs of spring? Ay, Where are they? The second question,...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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Autumn and the sun conspire together to produce the beauty in nature that is found in early autumn. This is the "mature" sun, which has spent two seasons already ripening the earth for a bountiful...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019, 1:12 am (UTC)

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Imagery is description that uses the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Autumn is described with many images of blossoming and ripening in Keats's "To Autumn." For example, we...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019, 3:24 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

There is great love for autumn. What makes this point even starker is that the first stanza is addressed to a different season, summer. Keats is saying that summer is beautiful, as things mature...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

The prevailing mood of "To Autumn" is peace and contentment. The year is winding down. The fruit trees and vegetables have matured and ripened, the fields have been harvested, the...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

Throughout the poem, the poet uses vivid and evocative language to describe sights, sounds, smells and temperatures. For example, he describes the "hazel shells" as looking "plump," the sound of...

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In the second stanza of Keats's poem "To Autumn," the season of autumn is personified in a number of ways. When a poet personifies, he gives an abstract object or an animal human traits. The lines...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

In 1918, this is what Keats wrote of the poem: "How beautiful the season is now--How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Really, without joking, chaste weather--Dian skies--I never liked...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009, 3:29 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

The first stanza of Keats's "To Autumn" describes the point of transition between summer and autumn. The fruit is ripe and ready to fall, and the bees have enjoyed the sun of summer for so long...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 8:10 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

Personification, apostrophe, and imagery are the main techniques used to employ meaning in "To Autumn." Namely, Keats uses personification in order to give Autumn human qualities in almost every...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2009, 12:53 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

Autumn itself is the season that precedes the death associated with winter. It begins with abundance, the ripening of the fruit, the grain, and so forth, and it ends after all the crops have been...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 10:10 am (UTC)

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The speaker describes how the season of autumn conspires with its friend, the sun, "how to load and bless / With fruit" all the vines that grow across the roofs of the thatched cottages (lines...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019, 12:01 am (UTC)

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Keats personifies autumn in all three stanzas of the poem "To Autumn," but he does so in different ways. In the first stanza, he calls autumn the "close bosom-friend" of the sun. This description...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 5:28 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

The items that come to fullness or to ripeness in the poem include the unspecified fruit growing on the vine that runs around the thatched eaves of the cottages, the apples that weigh down and bend...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2021, 4:55 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

The classic poem "To Autumn" by John Keats celebrates the season of autumn with sensual elegance. Each of the three stanzas has a specific emphasis. The first stanza extols the beauty of autumn...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 4:38 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

In onomatopoeia, a word actually imitates the sound it is meant to describe. A common example of onomatopoeia is the word buzz, which sounds like the extended "zzz" sound it is meant to imitate. At...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019, 12:46 am (UTC)

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In "To Autumn" Keats accepts the passing of this most radiant of seasons with calm and equanimity. However beautiful the luscious bounties of nature on display may be, he knows that they will soon...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018, 6:20 pm (UTC)

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As the autumn day is softly dying in the poem's last stanza, which is a poetic way of saying the sun is setting and evening is falling, the animals are all making noise. For example, the song or...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 11:40 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

"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....

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

You are being asked to analyze John Keats poem “To Autumn” in order to decide what you enjoy about reading it. This question requires you to form an opinion based on the form, meaning, sound, or...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

"Until they think warm days will never chase, For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells." These are the tenth and eleventh lines of John Keats' poem "To Autumn." He writes the poem in 1819...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

The speaker in "Ode to Autumn" is unspecified; the poem never directly uses "I." Because we don't have any information about the speaker as a character, we can assume that the speaker is simply an...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

Keats simple means that the sun is getting rather old at this time of year: autumn. This is a prime example of personification, where human qualities are attributed to animals and inanimate...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019, 6:29 am (UTC)

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To Autumn

In the third and final stanza of "To Autumn," the speaker describes the sounds of the autumn season. He describes first of all the "wailful choir of the small gnats." The word wailful suggests that...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2021, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

You have a really good answer here already, so I'll just add a few more details. This poem is an ode, a tribute, like a toast to this season of harvest--"To Autumn." We expect to hear positive...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2010, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

Ostensibly, Keats's "To Autumn" is a paean of praise to this most inspirational of seasons. But, as is always the case with Keats, there is considerably more to this than meets the eye—a richer,...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2017, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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To Autumn

The poem “To Autumn” by John Keats is an ode to the fall season. When discussing the mood of the poem, you could choose to focus on a few different lines. In the first stanza, Keats uses specific...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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