• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and contrast Wordsworth’s “The Lucy Poems” with Keats’ “To Autumn”. In what ways are these typical of Romantic poetry?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and contrast Wordsworth's "The Lucy Poems" with Keats' "To Autumn". In what ways are these typical of Romantic poetry? There are many points of both poems that are typical of Romantic poetry. "The Lucy Poems" and "To Autumn" are both individual and are concerning different subjects yet they both contain features very important to Romantic poetry. The main feature in Romantic poetry is love and human emotions, which is reflected in their poetry. In "To Autumn," Keats' love of the countryside and emotions caused by the season are shown. "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless with fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run." His poem reflects the countryside and true pictures that he can see. The poem paints a picture of his view of life in autumn, personifying autumn as a friend of the sun. ...read more.

Middle

In "To Autumn," Keats uses his admiration of the views around him and makes detailed references to the parts he likes the most; "While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue." Wordsworth tells a story of Lucy, while describing her life using emotions he has had to experience; "I travelled among unknown men, in lands beyond the seal Nor, England! Did I know till then What love I bore to thee." A lot of romantic poetry was based on thoughts and feelings from the poet's subconscious mind. Both Wordsworth and Keats use this idea in their poetry. Keats describes the granary; "Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind, Or on a half reaped furrow sound asleep, Drowsed with the fume off poppies, while thy hook." Wordsworth used the subconscious mind as well; "Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed, The bowers where Lucy played; And thine too is the last green field That Lucy's eyes surveyed." ...read more.

Conclusion

This is typical in the Keats and Wordsworth poems. The Wordsworth poem is written in the style of a ballad, which is an earlier style of poetry. "I travelled among unknown men, In lands beyond the sea; Nor England! Did I know till then What love I bore to thee." It also has rhyming at the end of the line, typical of ballads. The Keats poem is written with every other line rhyming, though the lines are often much longer, and often not in the same beat. The poems also contain romantic language to emote the reader; "fair as a star, when only one Is shining in the sky," and "then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn Among the river sallows, bone aloft Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies." The last point of romantic poetry is the aspect of ideas from childhood returning into the poetry. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Keats section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Keats essays

  1. Compare and contrast William Wordsworth and John Keats' attitude towards nature in the poems ...

    He concludes the poem by expressing the hope that he would experience "higher raptures , when life's day is done". In Wordsworth's "The Solitary Reaper" the structure is simple. The first stanzas sets the scene, the second offers the bird comparisons for the music, the third wonders about the content

  2. Comparing Wordsworth and Keats' Romantic Poetry.

    He also uses exaggeration to create a greater impact on the reader here as this is the first line of the poem. Keats and Wordworth personify in different ways from each other in the two sonnets. While Wordsworth is more positive and sees beauty in everything, Keats is more balanced

  1. Compare the ways in which Keats addresses personal concerns in "Ode to a Nightingale ...

    It is a change in this rhythm and structure at the end of 'Ode To a Nightingale' that demonstrates a possible change in the direction of Keats thoughts within the poetry. The change is summarized by the onomatopoeia of the first word: "forlorn" which is also the last word of the seventh stanza.

  2. Write an appreciation of "The Eve of St Agnes" as a narrative Romantic poem.

    This shows the purity and gracefulness of Madeline. It also suggests the power of magic. Roses cannot change back to bud, which continues the element of enchantment. Until now Porphyro had been hiding in Madeline's wardrobe, however the reader is told he "listened to her breathing." This proves her must be very close to her.

  1. Compare and contrast the views of Autumn inTed Hughes's 'There Came A Day' and ...

    He then answers them through poetic voice telling the reader of how autumn responds. Both poets were brought up in countryside surroundings and for a love of nature. This does affect the way they write and what aspects they write about, both poets write about birds in a similar way.

  2. The Ode is used as a poetic form for philosophical contemplation. Compare two ...

    This he feels will give him 'viewless wings'. The forest opening in which the nightingale flies into is also described, when even the moonlight cannot shine through due to the thick covet of trees, but the light can break the sharp darkness of the glade when the breeze blows the branches away.

  1. Compare how nature is presented in two Romantic Poems

    It compares the Skylark's melody to many different things; one is to a Choir "Chorus hymeneal"and their beautiful sound. But it says that when they are compared to the Skylarks melody, "Matched with thine would be all but an empty vault."

  2. Compare and analyse the poems of Keats (“Ode to Autumn”, “Ode to a Nightingale”) ...

    This would explain the dark tone of the poem. In fact, both Ode to a Nightingale and The Prelude are very dark, melancholic poems. In Ode to a Nightingale, the bird's song forces Keats to reflect on his own mortality ("Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work