Explore Keats’ use of metaphor in ‘To Autumn’.

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Here is the essay starter for the essay on ‘To Autumn’. This is due in on Monday 10th October.

Explore Keats’ use of metaphor in ‘To Autumn’.

In his biography of Keats, Andrew Motion considers some of the ways in which the poem explores Autumn’s peculiar quality of facilitating both ‘fulfilment and finality.’[1] It is the season of harvest, the culmination of the agricultural year, the conclusion of the efforts and labour of preceding months and, in this sense, its harvest fulfils the promises of Spring and Summer. Yet in its conclusiveness, it is also an ending, a loss, a death. Its tension is ‘sublime’  in that it is bittersweet: its glory is also its death. Its splendour is in its ceasing to have such. In this respect, it ‘balances forces of life and death’[2] and the former is made all the more beautiful and poignant as a result of its juxtaposition with the latter.


[1] Motion, Andrew: Keats, p. 457.

[2] Ibid. p. 460.

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