I am a student of Class VIII. Our English teacher often gives us the task of explaining one or the other stanza, or even the whole, of the poem in our own words to find out if we have understood what the poet wanted to say in the poem.
Currently, I am reading the poem "Ode to Autumn" written by John Keats. I need to explain this stanza of the poem in my own words, but I am unable to understand in which tense (past or present or something else) I should explain it. The stanza is as follows:
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-eaves 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.