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Discussion Forum 2: John Keats, “To Autumn”
John Keats, “To Autumn” (N 985)

In his three pictures or emblems of Autumn in stanza 2, Keats employs three enjambments, the relevant clauses here printed in italics:

(1) Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee

(2) Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares

(3) And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across a brook

What expectations might the reader have at the end of line (1) and at the end of line (2)? How do the lines respond to these expectations? Example (3) is more complicated, a bravura performance of enjambment and speech-rhythm: How does Keats use stresses on certain syllables and enjambment together?

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