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AS and A Level: John Keats
46 AS and A Level John Keats essays
- Marked by Teachers essays 1
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This is a very knowledgeable, perceptive commentary, which refers frequently and accurately to both poems. It might have been interesting to have compared them more directly and address the importance…
- Essay length: 1194 words
- Submitted: 03/02/2005
- Marked by teacher: Val Shore 30/11/1999
- Reviewed by: lordharvey 03/07/2012
This is a good essay that analyses a range of linguistic techniques and considers alternative interpretations, but it could improve by adding context and analysing in more detail. The student…
- Essay length: 685 words
- Submitted: 17/11/2003
- Reviewed by: lordharvey 26/06/2012
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Keats and The Romantics
- 1 Keats, Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Shelley and Wordsworth are all poets associated with the Romantic Movement which made sweeping changes across Europe in the late 18th and early 19th century.
- 2 The term Romantic was used only in hindsight from the 1860s onwards.
- 3 Romantic writers were in sympathy with contemporary revolutions across Europe (e.g. The French Revolution) and elsewhere.
- 4 Romantic writers believed in making their work accessible, to speak to the common man. Much of Keats’ work makes reference to classical stories and myths.
- 5 Romantics shared a deep belief in the personal and the individual and a faith in the imagination, often referred to as ‘Fancy’ by Keats.
Keats’ Ideas and Expression
- 1 Keats expressed a belief in what he called ‘negative capability’ – or man’s ability to entertain contradictions in pursuit of a higher truth beyond logic.
- 2 Keats saw the ‘viewless wings of poesy’ or the imagination as a way of escaping from life’s sorrows.
- 3 In many of Keats’ odes, art is portrayed as a vehicle by which immortality is contained. In the depicting of sensuous experience, it simultaneously transcends it.
- 4 Look for binary oppositions in Keats’ work: the transitory/the eternal, the sensuous/the platonic, life/death, melancholy/joy. He believed that every concept contained its opposite.
- 5 Use Keats’ letters to supplement these ideas expressed in his poems. Many critics believe that they are equally important to understanding his ideas.
Five top tips for writing essays on Keats' work
- 1 Be sure to avoid description when you analyse the poetry. Discuss the poem/s in terms of concerns and techniques.
- 2 Address the wording of the title closely in your introduction, topic sentences and conclusion.
- 3 Embed quotations frequently to show a close knowledge of the text.
- 4 Use poetry terminology to demonstrate your understanding of poetic techniques.
- 5 Avoid going through poems chronologically – be selective and avoid narrating, describing or outlining the content without referring to techniques.
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