Why are there so many autumn images in "Abundance" by Michael O'Siadhail?
epollock | Student
The reason the poet introduces the many autumnal images may simply be no more profound than that he wrote the poem in the fall rather than the spring, or it may simply be that he prefers fall to spring. The point is that O’Siadhail, like Keats in “To Autumn,” finds much in that season in which to take delight and to find fruition and “abundance.” And, the final line grows out of the previous eighteen lines, but it is distinct because it is not imagistic. The speaker is speculating on the good fortune of having life and is expressing gratitude for having been singled out to experience the abundance of life, when it might have been just as likely that he might never have been granted life at all.