The Human Seasons

by John Keats

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
     There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
     Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
     Spring's honied cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
     Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
     He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness--to let fair things
     Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.

 

 


1889 Family Portrait

Title:

Human Seasons, The

Poet:

Keats, John

Year of Publication:

1819

Age Appropriate:

13-14

Form:

English sonnet

Lines:

14

Rhyme:

ababcdcdefefgg

Literary Period:

Romantic

Things to Discuss:

What do the four seasons represent? What does the poet mean by "his mortal nature?"