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Compare and analyse the poems of Keats (“Ode to Autumn”, “Ode to a Nightingale”) and Wordsworth (“The Prelude” [extract]), with reference to the social, historical or literary background of the Romantic period.
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English Poetry Coursework Essay
Compare and analyse the poems of Keats ("Ode to Autumn", "Ode to a Nightingale") and Wordsworth ("The Prelude" [extract]), with reference to the social, historical or literary background of the Romantic period.
The poems of Keats and Wordsworth are vastly different, and they perceive things in different ways, but it is possible to pick out some similarities in their poems. This essay will compare the poems 'Ode to a Nightingale', 'Ode to Autumn' (John Keats) and an extract from 'The Prelude' (William Wordsworth) and find a selection of similarities and differences between the two poets' works.
Keats and Wordsworth's poems are about nature, but they perceive nature from different perspectives. Keats' Ode to Autumn personifies an aspect of nature: the season autumn ("may find thee sitting careless on the granary floor, thy hair soft lifted...", "or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,", "steady thy laden head", "thou watchest the last oozings"), and makes autumn seem much more than an intangible season. He also describes autumn as a "bosom-friend", which shows that he sees nature as a force of goodness. Wordsworth, however, depicts a part of nature as a menacing thing, "a huge peak, black
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