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Compare Poems on a Theme: 'To Autumn' and 'Ode to Autumn'

In this worksheet, students can compare how a common theme of autumn is explored in these two traditional poems.

'Compare Poems on a Theme: 'To Autumn' and 'Ode to Autumn'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Make Critical Text Comparisons

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Worksheet Overview

This worksheet will introduce you to two traditional poems on the theme of Autumn. The first is the first stanza from 'To Autumn' by William Blake and the other is the first stanza from 'Ode to Autumn' by John Keats.

 

 

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To Autumn


O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

 

- William Blake, 1783

 

 

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Ode to Autumn


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-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd 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-brimm'd their clammy cells...

 

- John Keats, 1819

 

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Now answer the following questions.

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