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John Keats once said about Lord Byron He describes what he sees - I describe what I imagine mine is the hardest task To Autumn is evidence of his way of thinking as the poem is a vivid lyrical portrayal of the English autumn as he imagined it The poem is written on a very literal level It can be examined as a whole work yet each stanza can also be examined individually as a separate phase of autumn In To Autumn John Keats uses vivid language and sharp contrasts in his lyrical description of the phases of a very transitional season autumn As a whole the poem is a lyrical description of autumn in terms of certain objects processes and events associated with that season or at least with specific aspects of that season Moser The poem celebrates autumn as a season of abundance a season of reflection a season of preparation for the winter and a season worthy of admiration with comparison to what Romantic poetry often focuses upon - the spring The poem utilizes many tactile words and phrases as well as visual and auditory terms Keats uses terms such as mellow plump clammy mists sun mossd cottage trees wailful and loud bleat Keats 872 Through these images and sounds the reader can clearly visualize the scene that Keats is painting Additionally he uses many poetic devices such as onomatopoeia when he uses terms like whistles and twitter and alliteration Keats 872 Onomatopoeia and alliteration are exemplified in the following line Thy hair soft lifted by the winnowing wind Keats 872 In addition to the pattern of lyrical description throughout the entire poem is the pattern of contrasts Moser One set of contrasts is that of augmentative and terminative meanings Augmentative meanings refer to the process of growth while terminative meanings refer to completion or endings of any sort Even in a single line Blake emphasizes
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