Vocabulary and Allusions

Stanza I
      Line 2, maturing sun: causes to mature; that is, the sun makes the fruit ripen.
      Line 4, thatch: covering of a roof made of straw, leaves, or other dried plants,
                  eaves: overhang of roof.
      Line 5, mossed: covered with moss.
      Line 7, gourd: the groud family includes squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers.
      Line 11, o'er: poetic form of over; thus the cells are overfilled.
                  cells: honey-filled cells or honeycomb in the beehive.

Stanza II
      Line 1, store: an abundance, a great quantity; a storehouse or warehouse.
      Line 3, granary: a storehouse for grain, often after it has been threshed (the grain has                         been beaten from the rest of the plant).
      Line 4, winnowing: to separate the chaff from the grain by fanning or by means of the                         wind.
      Line 5, furrow: a cut or trench made by a plow; poetic usage, a plowed field.
      Line 6, drowsed: made sleepy.
                  hook: a sickle or scythe, used to harvest grains and other crops.
                  poppy: poppies used to grow in fields of grain. Poppies are the source of                               opium.
      Line 7, swath: the sweep of a scythe in mowing; the path cut in one sweep of a scythe.
                  twined: poetic form of entwined or twisted.
      Line 8, gleaner: a person who gathers what the reapers have left in a field.
      Line 10, cider-press: a machine that squeezes apples to make cider.

Stanza III
      Line 3, barred clouds: thin, hoizontal clouds which resemble bars or strips.
      Line 4, stubble: the dried stumps of wheat and other grains left after reaping.
      Line 6, sallows: willows.
                  borne aloft: carried high.
      Line 7, bourn: domain or realm.
      Line 8, croft: a small enclosed field.

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