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But the critics say: only that person who has tasted the sweetness of joy can appreciate the bitterness of melancholy. The perception of this Ode; as Robert Bridges admires, “ThisOde is profound and no doubt experienced”.In this ode, Keats emphasizes the all- pervading nature of melancholy in human life. Keats last ode “Odeto Autumn” is one of the most thematically rich of Keats ode . The theme indicates that Autumn is a season of bringing fulfilling and fruition, yet the theme ending the pictures of Autumn as a season of dying. The three stanza poem seems to generate three different stages of Autumn growth, harvest, and death. Autumn is a season of “mellow fruitfulness”. Ode to autumn is a poem of untroubled serenity. Where the poet describes autumn is the bosom friend of the maturing sun. Autumn depicts the theme of ripeness, decay and death in describing the natural cycle of seasons: Autumn , spring and winter. The poem depicting an entirely different mood of Keats, a mood of complete calm and serenity, a mood that sets his mind at rest .he enjoys the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. He is happy to think that soon all fruits shall be full :with ripeness to the coreIn the opening stanza of the poem we find sun at its height of maturity prepared,
To load and bless With fruit the vines”The ode gives a graphic description of the season of autumn with all its richness.But as the poem progresses it gives an authentic images of autumn through living personifications like those of a reaper, a gleaner and a wine grower. “Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,………Thy hair soft lifted by the winnowing wind;”And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep”As the poem progress, the day starts dawning and towards the close of poem. But when the winter is about to set in for the poet asks, “where are the song of spring?”.Immediately the questions is stilled , and the momentary regret gives place to contentment: “Think not of them, thou hast thy music too”.Thus the hidden meaning in the poem is the ups and downs to which human life is always so prone. This joy in the present, the isolation of the beauty of the hour, the making of it a divine possession and losing in its loveliness the pain of life. It’s the power of isolation the present hour from the past or the future which gives to the poem a unique charm. The concluding stanzas of the odes express two philosophical ideas. First,the incomprehensibility of the infinite in art and nature and the ethics of beauty. In the above odes Keats attains to a higher degree of philosophic thought than in any other of his poem. It touches the philosophy of art and the ethics of human life. To Keats , beauty is the touch stone of truth. In this connection Mathew Arnold says “To see things in their beauty is to see things in their beauty”.
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Term
Fall
Professor
Heather Pope
Tags
Poetry, John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, ODEs

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