Autumn Analysis: John Keats

             Autumn has to be the most overlooked season of the year. There are plenty of literary pieces on the rejuvenating spring, the beauty of summer, and the seemingly dreary winter, but this is the first poem I have read about the splendor of autumn. John Keats fully recognizes autumn's importance as he touches on the amazing things that occur during the harvest season. To illustrate the amazing things that take place in autumn Keats uses personification to bring autumn to life in the form of soft haired girl who doesn't recognize her beauty or impact on nature.
             In the first stanza of "To Autumn," Keats uses a vast amount of imagery to force the reader to stop and reflect on the wondrous things that happen each autumn. In the midst of Keats' description of autumn comes the first evidence of personification. Keats tells us that the sun and autumn are great bosom friends. That they work together in order to achieve the ripening of the fruit, the opening of the flowers, and the plumping of gourds. In stanza two Keats uses stronger personification "to give birth to" a figure of a woman-namely autumn. He claims this woman is everywhere if you just look for her. Keats explains autumn is sitting on a granary floor (meaning the ripened grain that is stored in the granary is autumn). He says you can find autumn sound asleep in a furrow with her soft hair blowing in the wind (asleep in the furrow meaning autumn is the reason why the plows are making the furrow). He says autumn is lounging by a brook and even watching apple cider being made in a cider press (again the cider is a direct result of autumn's presence). In the last stanza is where the reader will discover autumn's insecurity with herself. Autumn wants to know where the songs of spring went and to me this means autumn wants to know what happened to the beauty and the marvels of spring. As stanza three progresses, Keats assures ...

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