This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Analysis Of John Keats's "Ode To Autumn"

2047 words - 9 pages

"Ode to Autumn" was the last poem John Keats wrote before his death and is widely considered amongst the most famous poems. Popular with critics as well as poetry pleasure readers it has received a wide berth of praise; Harold Bloom claims it to be "one of the subtlest and most beautiful of all Keats's odes, and as close to perfect as any shorter poem in the English Language". However this ode has some marked differences from Keats' other works; for instance the lack of visionary dreamer, delve into the imagination or any kind of narrative voice or persona. Very much grounded in reality of the real world the rich language paired with strong imagery submerges the reader in sights, sounds and ...view middle of the document...

The depiction of autumn in the ode does not- at first glance- seem to concur with the elevated language often associated with this ode style. Brian Stone has suggested there are many "images presented [that] are of actuality, and not metaphorical in any sense" However the simplistic of the language does not, in my opinion, simplify the message nor intent of the poem. The opening stanza is highly descriptive in its nature appealing to our sense of visualization. The language upon which the images are built upon has been described as "more monosyllabic…than most of what he wrote" and it cannot be denied that lines such as "With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run" in their monosyllabic wording and regular iambic pentameter are almost mundane. However Keats saves such lines by employing other subtle techniques, such as his use of sounds- the quoted line for instance, where the repeated long vowel sounds (most noticeably the 'a') and 'th' phonemes create a musical tone. Another example of such a technique is seen in widely quoted opening line "Season of mellow mists and fruitfulness" with its alliterative long 's', 'm', 'l' and long vowel sounds is slow and easy, reflective of the early hour of the setting alluded by the "mists". The idea of "mellow" suggests a laid-back and gentle nature of the "fruitfulness"; which has connotations in the literal sense as well as the idea of rewarding. Keats describes Autumn as a "Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun" where the word "maturing" has the highest significance for it can be taken in a couple of different ways. It can that the sun 'matures' all the fruit etc or it can be seen in the sense of the 'aging' sun linking with idea of Autumn being the stage before the winter- often symbolic for death. However at this point in the ode Keats is describing autumn in terms of a season at the peak of fulfillment and continuing ripening to an almost unbearable intensity. Initially Autumn and the sun "load and bless" by ripening the fruit. The idea of "bless" has associations in the religious context elevating Autumn to the personified state of a Goddess. Keats uses a hyperbole to suggest that the apples are so numerous that the tree bends: "To bend with apples" Powerful adjectives are used to convey the sheer abundance of the fruit: "And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; /To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells/With a sweet kernel" where the chosen words "fill" "swell" and "plump" convey the idea of bursting with juices with the parallel structure "to load..." "to bend..." "to swell..." helps emphasis the abundance of the images. The images are all very natural and paint the fruit clearly in the mind bringing to mind lush and vibrant colours such as red, oranges, and plum purples.While the description of the autumn day is beautiful and almost romantic in its nature, his use of words' collocations and oppositions suggest the negative side of autumn and the cyclical nature of...

Other Essays On An Analysis Of John Keats's "Ode To Autumn"

To Kill A Mockingbird By John Grisham, Speaks Of Racism

1046 words - 5 pages broke from the norm, and acted unlike most others in his community, can be compared to the motive of the central character in the novel, A Time To Kill, written by John Grisham. The comparative character, a lawyer named Jake, also endangers not only his own life but his family's, by defending a Negro. He is compelled to undergo such a risk as he believes he is protecting an innocent man. Despite the fact that he is black. Jake could not live with

An Example Of How To Write An Assessment Report

379 words - 2 pages and has thus often contributed to a positive outcome of the meetings.Work-related achievements:Over the course of the last six months, Jeremy has succeeded in having several optimum contracts signed for our company. Furthermore, he was solely responsible for the working conditions-improvement campaign which took place last month. This was an extremely successful undertaking which has had an excellent outcome without causing additional costs to

Donnie Darko - Detailed Summary/Explanation And Analysis Of Themes & Film Techniques. 'How Is Donnie Darko Relevant To An Imaginary/Inner Journey?'

1705 words - 7 pages Donnie Darko is an intelligent, yet delirious and emotionally-ill teenager, who's idealistic fantasy of correcting the wrongs in society, finally appears possible in a 'tangent universe' (an imaginative reality), where he is guided by an imaginary friend Frank, who appears as a malevolent giant bunny in Donnie's day-time hallucinations.In the early stages of the film, Frank literally lures Donnie from reality and introduces him to a tangent

An Analysis Of The Poem 'Homecoming' By Bruce Dawe

687 words - 3 pages An Analysis of 'Homecoming'In twenty-five lines of dramatic and saddening poetry, Bruce Dawe's "Homecoming" describes to the audience the tragedies of war, the return of the young bodies of the soldiers from the Vietnam War and the lack of respect that was given to these soldiers. Bruce Dawe was born 15 February 1930, he is an Australian poet who began writing poetry at the age of 13. He was influenced by writers such as John Milton and Dylan

Example Of How Not To Write An Historical Essay

1501 words - 7 pages to inform parents.I find that this school admits and promotes any student regardless of ability and then by the time they reach IB2 they are far out of their depth with the school unable or unwilling to help them. One of my IB1 students for example cannot even write an English sentence and yet he was placed in my grade 11 history class with native speakers. So too was a Chinese girl who had failed all of her final exams, all but one of her remake

An analysis and description of the life of Bill Gates and the beginnings of Microsoft Corporation

434 words - 2 pages MITS, NCR and Intel. It was much cheaper for these companies to buy Microsoft's software than to write their own. Gates and Allen hired high school friends to help with Microsoft's expansion.The expansions of personnel lead to the development of a Microsoft spreadsheet program and Microsoft Word. Interests in graphical interfaces were realized. Gates made a deal with IBM to write an operating system for its new line of personal computers, and in

An Analysis Of The Women In "Heart Of Darkness" By Joseph Conrad

473 words - 2 pages own belief that women are far removed from the reality of men is reinforced through his portrayal of Kurtz's Intended. She cherishes the thought that Kurtz is a man dedicated to "saving" the Africans. She is certain that Kurtz loved her faithfully, never realizing that he has an African lover. "I alone know how to morn him as he deserves," she seems to say. At the end of the tale, Kurtz finds her so pathetic he attempts to lie to her about

A Critical Analysis of King Lear's Daughter's Attraction to Edmund

535 words - 3 pages A Critical Analysis of King Lear's Daughters'Attraction to Edmund Shakespeare' King Lear is a story of treachery and deceit. The villainy of the play knows no bounds. Family lines are ignored in an overwhelming quest for power. This villainy is epitomized in the character of Edmund, bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester. Edmund is displayed as a " most toad-spotted traitor." When we first see Edmund, he is already knee deep in treachery. His

A Response To "Of Studies" - An Essay By Sir Francis Bacon

545 words - 3 pages The topic of the essay 'Of Studies' by Sir Francis Bacon is clearly visible in the title itself. The main theme of the essay is to explain the use of studies as they serve for delight - in privateness and retiring, - in discourse, and for ability - in the judgment and disposition of business.The author, by means of this essay, stresses the importance of studies in life. He supports the notion that study is an immensely important aspect of life

The American Hunger: An Analysis Of "Hunger" As Used By Richard Wright In His Book, Black Boy

1570 words - 7 pages . For Richard, hunger became not only a way of life, but a way of dealing with life. Throughout his formative years, Richard Wright was faced with the torment of hunger. While he may have had a difficult time getting there, Richard was able to change his perception on his hunger and utilize it as a cognitive metaphor to help manifest a better life.Richard lived a life typical for that of an impoverished black child of his era. He often moved from

MCAS: Are You For Or Against It? Analysis Of An Editorial + My Own Opinions On MCAS Test Administration

815 words - 4 pages Recently, there have been many centerpieces written condemning the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and a few supporting it. One I found particularly interesting was an article titled "High-stakes testing defeats purpose of education." It condemned and blamed the MCAS in many radical ways and thinks MCAS prevents Massachusetts from being an "equitable society."Society isn't equitable. It's completely biased and has its own

Similar Papers

An Critical Analysis Of The Poetic Elements Within The Little Studied "The Sun Rising" By John Donne

2193 words - 9 pages Analysis of Literary Technique in John Donne's "The Sun Rising"John Donne, author of many works of literature, including "The Sun Rising", is a master manipulator of literary techniques, which he uses to convey a powerful and profound message to the reader. Published in 1633 in Donne's book entitled Poems, "The Sun Rising" is a poem depicting two lovers disturbed from their bed by the rising sun. Donne's poem, "The Sun Rising," is comparable to

Analysis Of An E Business

265 words - 2 pages This project investigates the web based business of a well known Canadian based retailer, Futureshop.com. The main objective of the Futureshop e-commerce website is to be at an international level of business and to enhance its marketing capabilities. Our team analyzed the website of Futureshop. This company's presence on the web was established in 1995 and represents a reflection of all goods and services delivered by Futureshop to its

"Things Fall Apart": An Indepth Analysis Of Ezinma And Her Connection To Her Father, Okonkwo

1438 words - 6 pages might seem strange, but when you're the only child of ten to live to celebrate your fifth birthday, that makes survival important. Ezinma is thought by the village to be an ogbanje, a troublesome spirit that constantly enters its mother's womb to be born again, only to die a few years later. This might be to explain why so many children die in the African culture.The story of Ezinma's ogbanje is an interesting one. Her mother Ekwefi suffered a

Sylvia Plath. An Analysis Of Some Poems

2686 words - 11 pages RoeWhat a thrill ----My thumb instead of an onion.The top quite goneExcept for a sort of a hingeOf skin,A flap like a hat,Dead white.Then that red plush.Little pilgrim,The Indian's axed your scalp.Your turkey wattleCarpet rollsStraight from the heart.I step on it,Clutching my bottleOf pink fizz. A celebration, this is.Out of a gapA million soldiers run,Redcoats, every one.Whose side are they on?O myHomunculus, I am ill.I have taken a pill to