To Autumn – John Keats

The well-known poem by John Keats, read by Neil Conrich. Ode To Autumn by John Keats Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cell. Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep, Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers; And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep Steady thy laden head across a brook; Or by a cider-press, with patient look, Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours. Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,– While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn Among the river sallows, borne aloft Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft The redbreast whistles from

25 thoughts on “To Autumn – John Keats

  1. it is loaded with triple meaning [ nature…disguised comment on his life…and, it seems, disguised political criticisms

  2. as beautiful this poem maybe… i need help… can sum one give me sum idea for a theme on a essay? is for my english exams :P….

  3. Thando23, It is a beautiful nature poem if one reads it and looks at it on the surface. Beautiful images of the fruitfulness and mellowness of the autumnal season abound in it. However, it can be also seen as a metaphor for the human middle years and the approach of old age…

  4. Thanks for uploading the poem, quite enjoyed it.

    Just wondering, has it got a hidden meaning or is it simply about loving beauty and nature?

    Cheers x

  5. I have enjoyed sharing the poetry with you due to your keen appreciation of literature, poetry, and yes, your beauty. x

  6. Yeah O.K it’s a good poem and that but I watched this in english and to be honest listening to it like this is pretty dull. when you have to study it for a GCSE exam it’s never exactly facinating is it? I don’t know why people people would chose to watch something like this out of choice.

  7. I know its entertainment. Anything that hasnt got a practical purpose in the original sense is entertainment.
    But really, I was just kidding =)

  8. No Just we should learn about what and how not who and when, poems are just like tv, for entertainment, just complex which gives poetry the respect it deserves

  9. what an asthetic person, you are. Why do we even need art at all? Wouldn’t the world be such a better place if people only TALKED about their feelings so we, the public, wouldn’t have to hear of it. Instead we could just sit in front of the tele all day watching porn, action movies or anything entertaining or MINDLESS of that matter. Is that what you’re trying to say?

    Nice poem by the way.

  10. I enjoyed this poem a lot it showed the hidden beauty of the world throuh words and images. Thank you so much!

  11. wow, thats what i needed, a mindless poem explaining the irrelevance of poetry in general, i can see why his name was wrote in water 😀

  12. Hey, I was just wondering. I had to do an english presentation. We have to do a video and reconstruct each stanza. Is it ok if I use the voice to your poem? If not, then it’s ok. I’ll delete the video as soon as possible. You can check it out at my profile.


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