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Research Paper on To Autumn

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:09 pm
by browneyesfearie
Im writing a term paper for my honors brit lit class on To Autumn and Im a lil stuck on clearly defining 'the theme' of the poem. If an yone at all can help me, it would be much appreciated! Thanks :D

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:40 pm
by Malia
Hello :)
To Autumn is one of my very favorite Keats poems and I've analyzed it a bit. I think, depending on how you look at the poem, several themes can emerge. One theme I've found is that of the Keatsian philosophy of "light and shade" and how Keats applies it to the poem--both in the mechanics of the poem (what words he uses and how he places them) and the philosophic statement he makes. I think Keats shows us through the poem that both light and shade are necessary for true depth in life. (Keats uses this concept well in To Autumn creating what is considered by some to be one of Keats's most perfect and balanced poem--there is reason for that balance in the use of "light and shade".) For example, he writes that the season will "load and bless" and will "fill all fruit with ripeness to the core"--sounds like happy fulfilment. Yet, when we think of the phrase "ripeness--to the core" we find that once ripeness has hit the core of fruit--it begins to rot. At that moment, light and shade are together--the fruit is at its most succulent and ripe and yet, at that very moment it also begins to rot.

I don't have the poem in front of me--but that's one example of what I mean. If I don't make any sense (which is often the case! :lol: ) let me know and I'll try to explain it further.

That's just *one* way to read the poem and its themes. There are a lot out there--it might be good to read through (glance through) a few of the good biographies on Keats--Gittings, Ward and Motion are all good--and see what they have to say about To Autumn to give you some more direction.

Good luck!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:07 am
by Saturn

Re: Research Paper on To Autumn

PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:00 am
by patricia39
John Keats is simply adorable! The poem 'To Autumn' significantly emphasized the rhyme of nature- in terms of light, shade, nature, and change of seasons. Put your emotions and your imaginations using his love of nature in writing your theme in words.

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