To Autumn Critical Essay
(Again, Keats' imagery echoes both the death of the season and physical mortality.) Keats assures us, however, that winter has not come yet, and that the world is still very much vital as "gathering swallows twitter in the skies" (33) in anticipation of their migration.
Analysis of "To Autumn": As opposed to Keats' "Ode on Melancholy", for example, this poem does not describe a quest or a challenge; rather, "To Autumn" is composed of quiet, staid musings on a beautiful season.
(This theme is also represented in this poem by the coming winter.) The passage of time, always at the forefront of Keats' mind, is referred to as the worker at a cider-press watches "the last oozings, hours by hours" (21-22).
This image could be seen as evoking the last moments before winter, or even death, arrives.
Harold Bloom described it as: "the most perfect shorter poem in the English language." Conciseness is reflected as follows: “And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease?
” Keats suggests that the bees have a large amount of flowers.