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LIT 4930.001
Appreciating Poetry


Fall 2004
Time: Monday and Wednesday
11:00am - 12:15 pm
Room: CPR 348


Class 17

Reading Assignment: Odes

    Keats: Odes
      To Autumn (434)

      DUE: Group A: Post 9
      STUDENT LED DISCUSSION: Christina

POEM TO ANNOTATE: Ode to Autumn

    Class Objectives:

  • Appreciate in their complexity the great odes -- Autumn

  • Complete our study of Keats' technique by charting his progress and analyzing the form of the ode

    This is also our final reading from Keats. Take the opportunity to review the principles of poetry that we have covered from the beginning. What questions do you still have? What have you learned so far? What is it that Keats' poetry DOES at its best?



    Reading Notes and Discussion Questions

    1.

    To Autumn

    This ode is often considered separately from the earlier great odes, both because it is written after that productive period and because it differs in tone. How does the tone of "To Autumn" differ?

    To what extent does this poem offer a comment on the questions of poetry posed in The Fall of Hyperion, written during the same time? In what ways is the style of "To Autumn" similar to The Fall of Hyperion?

    Kipperman writes that in this ode there is "an acceptance of process, setting the human experience of time within the larger cycles of nature" (209). How is this achieved? To what extent does the resolution of this poem differ from the other odes?


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