To Autumn
To Autumn
by John Keats

To Autumn Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

The Figure of AutumnOdes often address an inanimate object or abstract idea directly, but they do not always portray that object/idea as a person, as Keats does. We think that autumn is a woman, be...

Form and Meter

Ode in Iambic PentameterAs a poet, Keats is probably most famous for his odes. An ode is a poem that addresses a person or object that can't talk back. The form originated in Ancient Greece, where...

Speaker

The speaker of the poem has a direct hotline to speak with the seasons. He also has an omniscient viewpoint on this woman named "autumn" who likes to relax in various autumn-y places. He manages to...

Setting

Can you guess which season this poem is set in? "To Autumn" gives us all the ripe, growing things we would expect from a poem with this title, and Keats even throws in an aimless, super-chilled-out...

Sound Check

"To Autumn" doesn't sound very much like normal speech. It has a formal quality appropriate to the ode form. It sounds like Poetry with a capital "P." Not to say that the elevated tone feels unnatu...

What's Up With the Title?

"To Autumn" seems to be missing a key word when compared to Keats's other Great Odes: the word "ode." You would expect the title to be, "Ode to Autumn," but maybe Keats felt confident that he had t...

Calling Card

Drunk on NatureA bouncer should have carded Keats every time he took a walk outdoors. "My name is John Keats, and I'm a nature-holic." No one else we know of becomes so intoxicated simply from the...

Tough-O-Meter

(5) Tree Line"To Autumn" is probably the most straightforward of Keats's Great Odes. It does not contain any references to Greek mythology or complicated metaphors spanning five stanzas. The main c...

Brain Snacks

There's a Keats Walk in Winchester, England where you can retrace Keats's footsteps on the walk he took on September 19, 1819, which inspired "To Autumn." You have enough frequent flier miles to ma...

Sex Rating

PGWe'd excuse you for finding this poem a little steamy, what with its tumescent gourds, oozing cider, and the bee pollinating a flower. Still, we'll chalk it up to your vivid imagination rather th...

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