To Autumn by John Keats

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To Autumn by John Keats

“To Autumn” is one of the most famous, and perfect odes written by

John Keats, and any modern writer. It is quite fitting that his

greatest piece was the last one that he ever wrote before he met with

his unfortunate end. However, this ode has some significant

differences to the other odes that he has written. Firstly, there is

no flight from reality, or deviation into imagination or dream, in

fact there is no narrative voice at all. Secondly, it has an

unprecedented emphasis and commemoration of change and progress, not

only through autumn, but through all mortal events. While the title

implies a progression through autumn, the ode also has references to

an aging day, and even personal maturity.

The first stanza is brimming with specific vivid visual imagery. The

first which relates to the change in the season and day is the

“maturing sun.” This sun makes the fruit ripen and cause the burst of

ripe food for harvesting. He then goes on to describe the outburst of

ripening fruit to an excruciating intensity. The apples are so

plentiful that...
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