In both these poems Keats accepts the natural world, with its mixture of ripening, fulfillment, dying and death.‘Ode to Autumn’ heavily regards nature and the changes made within the natural world.Keats uses language such as, “plump”, “swell” and “budding” to show abundance but also has made the stanzas of the ode eleven lines long rather than ten which creates the idea of overflowing, blossoming and maturing nature.
The idea of showing nature has to take its course in order for you to live.
When the beautiful season of autumn comes to an end his mood turns to melancholy which associates well with ideas portrayed in ‘Ode on Melancholy.
“Wakeful anguish of the soul” begins a turning point in life, showing joy can arise at any moment, not everything has to remain melancholic.
‘Ode to Autumn’ also refers to the idea of death, the death of autumn.
It creates a strong feeling of aliveness within the season itself.
Keats is exemplifying maturity, resolutions, perfection and unification of this season and himself as a poet within this time.“Soft dying day” shows the changes in seasons as winter arises.Showing nature does not last forever, perfection is sometimes lost.It is obvious by Keats’ expression that he does not have the same deep feelings for winter as he has for autumn.Autumn is personified as a harvester in this ode; nature seems to gain personal qualities here instead of remaining an abstraction.Autumn begins to slow down its cycle by the end of stanza two; there is “the last oozings” the onomatopoeia used here is also able to slow the pace of the poem down as well as showing nature’s beauty disappearing.Nature is portrayed is several forms in this ode as there is references to “summer” in the first stanza and “spring” in the second stanza, winter is also mentioned indirectly by referring to ” red-breast whistles”.‘Ode to Melancholy’ describes flowers, uses colour imagery and at points enforces its beauty.‘Ode to Autumn’ emphasizes the bees and flowers and all ripeness this season brings nature, which brings out positive connotations.The mutability is autumn is shown throughout this ode within the process of time.The second stanza of the poem focuses on high autumn while in the final stanza autumn is coming to a close and winter is being introduced.