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Compare & Contrast the theme of nature as presented by the poet 'Keats' and 'Hardy'

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Compare & Contrast the theme of nature as presented by the poet 'Keats' and 'Hardy'. How do the poets achieve these different approaches to the theme? The theme of nature is a popular choice among famous writers of the time like Thomas Hardy and John Keats. The theme of nature is one of the most popular themes of writers of this time as it is a way that the writer can express himself or herself through nature in a way the people can relate to. The first thing I noticed when reading the poems is that the writers use nature in different ways to show their feelings whether it be happy or sad, Beautiful or Bleak. ...read more.


The mood of the poem suddenly changes when Hardy's view on life completely turns around when he sees the Aged Thrush frail, gaunt and small, which is used to portray a figure much like himself through the theme of nature. The thrush is whistling an 'evensong' and is just getting on with life and doesn't think of what may come in the future. This lifts Hardy's spirit and the poem then starts to create a sense of a calm atmosphere. Hardy creates this imagery of a calm atmosphere through words like 'Carolling, ecstatic, blessed and hope. 'To Autumn' by John Keats on the other hand is a poem with a more warming illustration of nature used by Keats to express his views and how he feels about nature. ...read more.


In the second stanza the mood changes from late summer to mid autumn as the crop has been harvested and the hard work has been done. There is a sense of relaxation and warmth to this stanza. The last stanza of 'The Ode To Autumn' is a stanza full of suspense and awaiting the next harvest time. Where are the songs of spring is written in the first line of the third and last stanza to show that the agricultural way of life is one of suspense, hard work and finally of rewards. From this discussion I have drawn that nature is a theme of two sides bleakness or beauty. And either way can be used to express the writers' feelings and that is why I think this theme is so popular amongst talented writers like Hardy and Keats. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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