Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Study Questions

To Autumn Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think we can know for sure that autumn is a woman in Keats's poem? Does it make a difference what gender he/she is?
  2. Do you agree with critics who claim that this poem doesn't really have much to say? Is there a "message" in "To Autumn"? If so, what is it?
  3. Why do so many people think the poem is pretty darned perfect?
  4. Does the end of the poem provide any resolution? Is there any "conflict" to speak of in the poem?
  5. Does this poem challenge any of the traditional associations that people have with autumn, or does it reinforce them? Explain.
  6. Does "To Autumn" feel spontaneous, as though Keats jotted it down furiously after taking a walk, or does it feel meticulous and planned?
  7. Why is the poem considered to be one of the "great odes"? Could you make an argument that it's not an ode at all?

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