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On the Grasshopper and the Cricket from John Keats

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´╗┐Another famous entitled two insects is "On the Grasshopper and the Cricket". It was written by John Keats in a competition against Leigh Hunt, his great friend Leigh Hunt, as to who could write the best verse in a short time on a specified topic. Keats won on this occasion. The sonnet vividly depicts two creatures that easily be neglected by people, which reflects the poets? belief that the beauty of nature never ends. The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; This first line is an epic introduction. ...read more.


He enjoys himself by singing and jumping, as passionate as the heat in summer. ?delights?, ?fun? and ?pleasant? are a series of happy words showing the perkiness and liveliness of the grasshopper. The poetry of earth is ceasing never: On a lone winter evening, when the frost Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills In the second verse, Keats reiterates the never-ending music of nature, serving as a connecting link between the preceding and the following. An atmosphere of silence and loneliness prevails. But even then the poetry of earth continues without a break.The scene changes from a sweltering summer day to ?a lone winter evening?. Just as the frost brings coldness to home, a shrill sound punctuates the silence. ...read more.


The title itself forces the reader to acknowledge the roles that the Grasshopper and the Cricket play in this poetry. Keats further confirms the authority of the Grasshopper and the Cricket, which are equal to human, if not superior to human. In the first verse, the grasshopper, an appreciator of the summer luxury, is assigned with human emotions. He is pleasant celebrating the summer season and exhausted when tired out with fun. In the second verse, amid the cold air in winter, the song of the cricket warms human beings who are already lost in drowsiness. The cricket is the spirit of winter that continues to chirp even when all the other creatures, including human beings, are worn out. By praising the beauty of common insects in the relatively unpleasant moments in summer and winter, the poet exhibits his acute perception and shows that the beauty of nature never ends. ...read more.

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