To Autumn

How beautiful the season is now – How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Really, without joking, chaste weather – Dian skies – I never lik’d stubble fields so much as now – Aye better than the chilly green of spring. Somehow a stubble plain looks warm – in the same way that some pictures look warm – this struck me so much in my Sunday’s walk that I composed upon it.

John Keats  in a letter to his friend J.H. Reynolds.

Keats wrote “To Autumn” on September 19, 1819, at the height of his skill. He had just returned from a stroll near the town of Winchester in Hampshire, England.

2 thoughts on “To Autumn

  1. Poem of the week: To Autumn by John Keats:

    ‘John Keats was one of the greatest British Romantic poets, but he didn’t have a long career like earlier generation Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. “To Autumn,” published in 1819, was one of the last poems that Keats ever wrote and, boy, what a note to go out on. Many readers count this short-and-sweet beauty as one of their favorites in the English language. It’s normally grouped among the set of his poems known as the Great Odes, including “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “Ode to a Nightingale.” Keats had mixed feelings about his poetic career and often considered himself a failure. However, many critics think that if Keats hadn’t caught tuberculosis and died at the age of 25, he would have gone on to write many more classics.’

  2. John Keats Wrote Ode “To Autumn”

    John Keats wrote several odes, which many people say are his greatest poetic achievements. With the exception of “To Autumn” which he wrote in September, he wrote all the odes between March and June of 1819. During this time, he was struggling with a fatal illness as well as mourning the death of his brother. He also had an intense love affair with Fanny Brawne, who later became his fiancée. Sadly, John Keats died from tuberculosis at the age of 25 in 1821.

    Observation and description of the natural world were typical of the English Romantic movement.

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