The third stanza somewhat follows the course set down by the previous two stanzas, but it also does something surprising.
One may predict that the third stanza becomes softer still, following the progression, yet it does not quite do so.
Keats also uses visual diction to create imagery in words like seeks, look, watchest, and seen.
These are less concrete than tactile imagery and continue the progression towards the end.
Close and bosom go together, with close being loud and soft with the hard c and soft s, and bosom being loud and soft with the b and s.
The words maturing sun are not placed together haphazardly either. to load (loud due to the p and d sounds) and bless (soft due to the double s sound). This gives the whole stanza a generally loud, lively sound with a quiet hiss in the background.Some soft sounding words words that use consonant sounds that are soft when spoken such as an s -- include mists, close, son, bless, mossed, and trees.There are also the hard sounding words words that use consonant sounds that are loud when spoken such as a b or t -- like maturing, round, thatch, and budding.The poem "To Autumn" is an amazing piece of work written by one of the greatest poets of all time, John Keats.From a simple reading, the poem paints a beautiful picture of the coming season.Maturing is a very hard word with the m and t sound; sun is a very soft word, beginning with an s. This tells of the great bounty of the current time, but adds a quiet feeling to it, such as what Keats was trying to communicate -- that death or a time of quiet is approaching. With words such as oft, store, swath, seeks, careless, soft-lifted, and drowsed, the whole stanza is filled with soft s and w sounds.Also, in the third line Keats says, Conspiring with him how to load and bless. This makes the stanza very sleepy and slow but with a warm comfortable feeling.It does start according to prediction, very quiet and feathery, with words such as stubble-plains, rosy, wailful, sallows, and lives or dies.This is generally very soft, which continues the progression, but there is a hitch.The words do not appear to be randomly used, but they seem to have a pattern: the hard and soft sounds come in pairs.In the second line, we see, "close bosom friend of the maturing sun.