To Autumn
To Autumn
by John Keats

To Autumn Man and the Natural World Quotes Page 2

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Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? (line 23)

Keats makes a reference to the pastoral tradition that started in Ancient Greece. Within this tradition, shepherds piped simple songs in honor of the seasons. He may even be referring back to his own famous "Ode on a Grecian Urn," in which a young Greek man pipes a tune beneath a tree.

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