Summary Of The Poem To Autumn

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'To Autumn ' consists of three eleven-line stanzas, each containing the sights, smells and sounds of an Autumn scene. Each stanza has a different subject matter, following a chronological sequence. The poem is written in rather strict iambic pentameter, with only four lines in the poem breaking this structure. There are generally five iambs to each line. This methodical meter is effective as it gives the poem a lyrical, relaxed tone. Although the poem 's scene is bursting with life, it is generally tranquil and serene. There are no overt outbursts or surprises which would require a chaotic, unsystematic structure.

The first four lines of each stanza consist of an ABAB rhyme scheme, separating these lines from the remaining seven. The next seven lines in the first stanza consist of a CDEDCCE rhyme scheme, whereas stanzas two and three follow a CDECDDE rhyme scheme. This separation into four and seven lines relaxes the poem by making it less repetitive and mechanical. The subtle change in rhyme scheme could also reflect the change in each stanza 's subject. The first stanza unequivocally focuses on the concept of growth and maturity at the end of summer. This is made clear with vocabulary such as 'maturing ' (line 2), 'fill ' (line 6), 'load ' (line 3) and 'o 'er-brimmed ' (line 11). The abundance of verbs such as 'load ' (line 3), 'bend ' (line 5), 'fill ' (line 6) and 'swell ' (line 7) highlights what a fruitful summer has achieved. The finished examples of
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The title, 'To Autumn ', already suggests that Autumn will be personified. Giving human attributes to the season emphasises the importance of nature in the poem, because Autumn is literally brought to life and given a sense of consciousness. By addressing this entity as a human throughout the poem, any alienation between mankind and nature is completely

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