Which feminine image was used by Keats to describe the autumn in "To Autumn"?
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 does not imply a gender, nor does Keats follow it up with a pronoun to indicate gender. Typically, one thinks of a bosom-friend,—or nowadays, we might say "bosom buddy"—as a friend of the same gender, and since the sun is personified as male, we might lean toward a male personification of autumn in the first stanza.
In the second stanza, autumn takes on feminine personification. In lines 2–3, the picture is of a person sitting on a granary floor with the wind winnowing the person's "soft-lifted" hair. While the gender isn't specified, the image of long, streaming hair brings a woman to mind....
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