Keats’s To Autumn Observations

I love John Keats’s poetry. Think how much richer we would be if he hadn’t died so young. But I will try not to be greedy and simply appreciate the brilliance of what we have in his poems and especially his odes.

It is October, so we are in the midst of Autumn — and Keats’s poem “To Autumn” is stunning in its imagery and its praise of the season that is full of “fruitfulness.”

To Autumn — John Keats

In the third stanza, he gives a nod to the fact that Spring is often the season that gets the most effusive attention, but he reminds us that Autumn “hast thou music, too.” Indeed, it has the colors of the turning leaves, the deliciousness of the squashes and gourds and pumpkins, the abundance of the fruit hanging on the trees.

Every season has its special features: how lucky we are to look forward to each as we savor the rhythms of the year.