Isn’t To Autumn about – Autumn?

Photo Source: National Portrait Gallery, London. Tom Paulin’s minute analysis of Keats’s great poem is so suffused in his own ideology that he completely misses the poem’s very obvious subject Some may contend that Tom Paulin’s recent Marxist reading of To Autumn in the Guardian helped them to a richer appreciation of Keats’s art. I contend that he proves nothing; and though he provides some interesting context, he uses it to distort Keats’s art. Here’s the poem. Here’s a traditional analysis. Here’s Paulin’s. One stays with the text and cites written evidence. The other stays with the text, cites written evidence, and is pure conjecture. One is literary criticism, the other… Read More

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