to be seen by the viewer in various guises performing labouring tasks essential to the provision of food for the coming year.
There is a lack of definitive action, all motion being gentle.
Although personal problems left him little time to devote to poetry in 1819, he composed "To Autumn" after a walk near Winchester one autumnal evening.
The work marks the end of his poetic career, as he needed to earn money and could no longer devote himself to the lifestyle of a poet.
"To Autumn" is a poem by English Romantic poet John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821).
The work was composed on 19 September 1819 and published in 1820 in a volume of Keats's poetry that included Lamia and The Eve of St. "To Autumn" is the final work in a group of poems known as Keats's "1819 odes".
The imagery is richly achieved through the personification of Autumn, and the description of its bounty, its sights and sounds.
It has parallels in the work of English landscape artists, The work has been interpreted as a meditation on death; as an allegory of artistic creation; as Keats's response to the Peterloo Massacre, which took place in the same year; and as an expression of nationalist sentiment.
The last stanza contrasts Autumn's sounds with those of Spring.
The sounds that are presented are not only those of Autumn but essentially the gentle sounds of the evening. As night approaches within the final moments of the song, death is slowly approaching alongside the end of the year.