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“I felt before I thought” (Rousseau), referring in detail to at least 2 poems, illustrate the qualities, which make Keats a Romantic poet

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"I felt before I thought" (Rousseau), referring in detail to at least 2 poems, illustrate the qualities, which make Keats a Romantic poet. The great Romantic poet, John Keats, was born in 1795, in a part of London called Moorfields. He trained as a doctor in London before his efforts for writing poetry really increased. The love of his life was a young lady called Fanny Brawne that he had known for two years. In 1818 the couple came to an understanding, because she confused Keats very much. Keats continued to see Fanny as perfect and she appeared in his poems occasionally. He began to feel that the commitment that he held for Fanny was dragging him away from his work and distracting his writing. Keats was suffering from Tuberculosis and was recommended to sail to Rome where his health could recover. He had to leave his love and set sail for Rome on the 17th of September from London with a friend. His brother and Mother both had Tuberculosis and he nursed them in Devon. His Father had passed away when Keats was eight. Keats was a genius and on a good day he could produce 40 lines of poetry but on the boat he wrote nothing. Keats arrived on shore on his 25th birthday and could not feel the beauty of the city. The journey was a failure. Keats died 23rd of February 1821. ...read more.


Sound and silence comes into the poem occasionally, where a clarinet is being played and the doors shut and it all stops: "The hall door shuts again, and all the noise is gone." This can give a feeling of concentration and the sounds that are being produced create pictures in the readers mind. A family feud is present within the story line of the poem "The Eve of St Agnes" between Porphyro and Madeline's family. Porphyro is fighting for love and will do anything for Madeline, but the family hate him: "Yet men will murder upon holy day:" Whereas when hate is brought into the poem it is overruled by love: "Let us away, my love, with happy speed;" The whole poem contains love and the feelings that Porphyro holds for Madeline are the main foundations to the poem. The family are also willing to kill which is bad and all Porphyro wants is love. There is a constant thought of Good against Evil. "The Eve of St Agnes" is the only night that a girl can see her future husband in her dreams. In all of Keats poems there is a constant reminder of dream and reality. In "La belle dame sans merci" there is no clear boundary of dream and reality: "And there I dream'd Ah Woe betide!" The faery's child is lulling the Knight to sleep and he dreams of dead knights and Princes. ...read more.


The words "I felt before I thought" was the basis of these radical Romantic Poets. They didn't want to think logically about life and the way they wrote but from the heart. An example of this in one of Keats's poems, "The Eve of St Agnes", is when Angela, the elderly servant lady, chose to let Porphyro see Madeline even though she knew that he could be killed if he stayed in the castle: "Mercy, Porphyro! hie thee from this place; They are all here to-night, the whole blood-thirsty race!" Angela has a heart and chose to follow her feelings instead of using her brain and making Porphyro leave or be killed. Keats's use of vivid description for the reader follows the use of Rousseau's words. Keats poems are typical of a wide range of contrasts to show the true extent of the two factors used in the contrast. Natural imagery is a very important part of the poems and without it Keats would not be a Romantic poet. The natural descriptions do not only show nature but they also illustrate life and ways of living. The natural descriptions used by Keats wanted to break away from the Augustan Satirists that wrote in an intellectual manner, which the Romantic poets disapproved of and so wrote in a free-style manner. Romantic poets were republic due to they saw people as freed spirits. Keats has used the same qualities of contrasts, great use of nature and the Gothic style of writing, which follows the same manners as other Romantic poets. ...read more.

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