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John Keats and the presentation of "Sleep and Poetry"

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Chris Randall Essay - John Keats and the presentation of "Sleep and Poetry" "Sleep and Poetry" is one of the first poems written by Keats and it can be viewed in two different ways, either as a powerful presentation and a spirited and focused piece of writing or a naive, immature poem which does nothing more than idolise Wordsworth. In this essay I will provide points for both of these arguments and decided which one is the strongest at the end. From the beginning you feel the immaturity of the poem come across in Keat's idyllic description of life with these clich�d moments and images. This immaturity only seems to get stronger throughout the poem as this idea of a perfect moment and life are portrayed. ...read more.


The 'Charioteer' is blatantly Wordsworth and Keats' admiration for him is almost cringing with such lines as "O that i might know; All that he writes with such a hurrying glow" (line 154) and "ye have breathed; Rich benedictions o'er us" (line 221). This is made worse by the fact that Wordsworth panned Keats' work and ignored/insulted him when introduced and yet he is still idolised throughout. The line 221 which was just mentioned refers to Wordsworth 'breathing life' into the supposed 'stale poetry' of the Augustans, victims of Keats' abuse. He speaks about how they should be in the forgotten era of poetry and how they abused and ignored nature, causing a blip in the grand sea of poetry. ...read more.


His powerful presentation first makes an impact in line 17 with "what is higher beyond thought than thee?". This shows his absolute love for poetry. In this the ideal and clich�d moments are used as a standpoint to compare poetry against and even those don't match the feeling Keats gets from poetry. This struggle to find a comparison soon moves onto religion with many references to it ('holy', 'divine', 'great Maker's', 'wide heaven' etc). Within his slight immaturity is a sign of maturity with the realisation that he may not be ready yet to become a great poet, but he has the positive attitude that he will one day achieve that, it is his ambition to become next in the great line of writers. ...read more.

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