'To Autumn'

John Keats (1795-1821) composed his sensuous ode ‘To Autumn’ in September 1819. He was inspired by his daily walks in and around Winchester. The season is personified as a series of figures working in the barns and fields, evoking the beauty and luxuriant abundance of the scene. Nevertheless, there is awareness that nature follows an eternal cycle. Spring’s promise and summer’s growth culminate in the autumn harvest. Inevitably, winter will follow. There is a poignant sense of impending loss, a subtle reminder of potential conflict between joy and pain. This reflects the poet’s serene and mature acceptance of his own mortality.

Manuscript of ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats

Manuscript of ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats

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