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    Ode to Autumn second stanza

    I have been trying to learn some well-known poems by heart partly to learn to appreciate them better. And I was delighted to get to know Kubla Khan in this way.

    I am now learning Keats’ Ode to Autumn. The first and last stanza are both wonderful, but I am struggling with the second stanza, and I am beginning to suspect the problem is that young Johnny Keats was not keeping his eye on the ball. I find it difficult to imagine the personification of Autumn throughout the stanza, but the two images in the centre are particularly problematic.

    First of all we have:

    Or on a half reaped furrow sound asleep
    Drowsed with the fume of poppies.

    I mean come off it. In order to fall sound asleep on a half reaped furrow you need at least a full anaesthetic. And what aspect of Autumn does it refer to?

    Then:

    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
    Steady thy laden head across a brook.

    What is the image in the first place? Someone wading through a brook with something on their head? Do gleaners do that? And what on earth does it say about autumn?

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    Then:

    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
    Steady thy laden head across a brook.

    What is the image in the first place? Someone wading through a brook with something on their head? Do gleaners do that? And what on earth does it say about autumn?

    Jackson
    I suspect that the gleaner is holding shafts of cut wheat (some kind of crop) atop the head, to thus keep them dry from that brook.

    The image of autumn, thus is that there is the crop being hand harvested.

    Anyhow, thems my thoughts on your post.
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    Thanks, kiz. Jackson xxx
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    https://www.shmoop.com/to-autumn/stanza-2-summary.html

    I really like this explanation: "Her head is "laden" or heavy yet another image of weight." whether it be from drunkenness (poppies) or pensiveness.

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