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Analysis of Keat's sonnet "On the grasshopper and the cricket".

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Introduction

On the Grasshopper and the Cricket In the sonnet, ?On the Grasshopper and the Cricket? by John Keats, the message of the poem is foregrounded in the very first line of the octave ? The poetry of earth is never dead? and ? the Poetry of earth is ceasing never?. John Keats very emphatically asserts that regardless of the fact whether it is the summers or the winters the poetry of Mother Nature will be omnipresent and will continue to add vitality to the environment. Furthermore, if we were to view the poem metaphorically, Keats is suggesting that although we easily recognize the beauty of life in youth, there is also plenty of beauty in old age. ...read more.

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Keats uses a tone of admiration and softness in this poem and uses gentle and soft sounding word such as ? poetry?, ?earth?, ?birds? , ?voice?, ?hedge? and ?luxury.? These words make us murmur the poetry softly and carefully when spoken out loud. There are several examples of assonance through out the poem. To describe the summer, Keats uses words with an ?o? sound for example lone, stove, song and drowsiness and he uses words such as frost and wrought to describe the chilling sensation of winter. The shape of the poem also mimics the action of a falling leaf which again refers to the topic of natural beauty. What is more, through the use of syntax, Keats has been able to make his poem more interesting. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a caudate (or caudated) sonnet ? longer than the Petrarchan. ?Dead? is highlighted by the Volta because it stands out from its soft rhyme, ?mead?. This forces the reader to acknowledge the comparison of the Cricket to the Grasshopper (if that wasn?t already established enough) and also of summer to winter. At various points lines disregard iambic/ regular meter and, therefore, stand out to the reader. In conclusion, I believe that through the author?s craft, we have been able to explore the subject in depth. Also, the thing, which I liked about the poem, is that the poet provides a feel of ecstasy of youthful power, tremulous expectation and half-fledged confidence. Furthermore, the way Keats was able to set a constant beat by using vivid words in his poem was absolutely fantastic. By Anubhav Singh ...read more.

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