Exploring How Keats Finds Beauty In Death Essay

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There is no life without death, and no death without life. Life and death mutually define each other and without one, the other would have no meaning. Keats was an English poet very concerned with death and human mortality. His poems usually deal with his struggle to accept his own mortality and his attempt to flee from reality into a world of immortality. This poem, “To Autumn”, which Keats wrote after observing an autumn evening, is seemingly simplistic and purely descriptive. However, underneath the surface, Keats has finally begun to accept the difficult truth that death is inevitable. Through the poem “To Autumn”, Keats urges humankind to accept death as a natural part of human life and to recognize the beauty in death. The first…show more content…
These sounds are soft and delicate, highlighting the beauty and exquisiteness of nature. The stanza, made up of a long phrase with no main verb, also invokes a sense of timelessness. But even in this stanza filled with growth and vivacity, there is an indication of the death to come. Though “the bees…/think warm days will never cease” (9-10), Keats foreshadows that warm days will inevitably cease. Though the images of stanza two continue and build on the concrete images of stanza one, the images of stanza two convey passivity and the gradual ending of the growth, foreshadowing the unavoidable death to come. Autumn stops its ripening of nature and instead, is depicted “sitting careless” (14), “sound asleep” (16), and “drowsed with the fume of poppies” (17). This stanza portrays Autumn as very passive and the images of abundance and growth in stanza one are gone, and replaced by images of sleep. These new images conjure up a sense of the slowing down and indicate the end of the growth of stanza one. Acting as a direct object of the sentence, rather than the subject, Autumn is passively being found by “whoever seeks abroad” (13), adding to Autumn’s loss of vigor. Furthermore, the verbs, “sitting” (14), “asleep” (16), and “drowsed” (17) are extremely static and motionless, as Autumn is naturally exhausted after the bustling activity. This natural progression adds to the idea the
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