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Unformatted text preview: Jacqueline Gray English 262 12 October 2007 Short Writing To Autumn: A Short Analysis In the third stanza of To Autumn, lines 23 through 33, John Keats describes autumn coming to an end. In line 23 Keats rhetorically asks the reader Where are the songs of Spring? implying that the sound of spring is forgotten or dead as autumn soon will be. The word choice suggests autumn is dying or nearing the end of its cycle as the season moves closer to winter and the plains are reduced to mere stubble (line 25). The soft-dying day (line 25) and rosy hue (line 26) suggests not only the end of autumn, but that Keats is referencing late afternoon as well. Keats describes the song of autumn as it nears the end of its cycle as a wailful choir of small gnats mourn (line 27), full- grown lambsbleat (line 30), and gathering swallows twitter in the skies (line 33) to migrate for winter. It is interesting that Keats uses full-grown lambs (line 30) instead of migrate for winter....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course ENG 262 taught by Professor Grey during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.
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