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Describe and discuss the following two poems from the course reader: 'When I Have Fears' by John Keats and 'A Minor Bird' by Robert Frost.

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FORMS AND TEXTS COURSE WORK ONE: POETRY TEXTUAL ANALYSIS Describe and discuss the following two poems from the course reader: * 'When I Have Fears' by John Keats and * 'A Minor Bird' by Robert Frost. In this essay I am going to read the two poems mentioned in the essay title and look at the formal, structural and linguistic elements that each poet uses and also how they use figurative language. I am also going to look at and discuss the way in which the form and structure of the poems corresponds to their thematic contents. To start off with I am going to look at the structural and linguistic elements of the poem 'When I have Fears' by John Keats, then I will look at how the poet makes use of figurative language with in the poem and how it affects the thematic content of the poem. Then I will look at the structural and linguistic elements of the poem 'A Minor Bird' by Robert Frost, and will then go on to look at how the poet makes use of figurative language and how it affects the thematic content of the poem. To conclude I am going to consider which of the two poems I find most effective and why. ...read more.

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The second quatrain I feel is still about Keats fear of dying, but in this quatrain he fears that he may not live long enough to experience and examine the magical wonder of nature that the world has to offer. Poets were often associated with their love of nature and the natural world and I think that this is reflected in this quatrain when Keats uses the metaphor "Night's starr'd face". The third quatrain examines Keats fear that he will never see the love of his life again once he is dead. I get the impression that he is talking about his lover from the line, "And when I feel, fair creature of an hour, That I shall never look upon thee more," He feels that when he dies he will never again be able to see his lover and experience the magical feeling of "unreflecting love". In the concluding rhyming couplet Keats seems to deal with his fears listed within the previous three quatrains. Keats uses enjambment in the last line of the third quatrain to link it to the couplet, and he seems to conclude that when he thinks about his own death and all the fears that it brings him he realises that when he eventually does die then love and fame will no longer be of concern to him any way. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion after comparing both of these poems, looking at their formal, structural and linguistic elements, and their thematic contents, I feel that 'When I Have Fears' by John Keats is the more effective poem. I think that this is because the poet, Keats, gets the reader of the poem to look more deeply at the meaning. It is written in the 19th century, and in a more traditional style, and although it is written in the English language, Keats uses some words that are either no longer used today or their meanings have changed since being written. This seems to get the reader of the poem to work harder to un ravel its meaning, where as 'A Minor Bird' was written in the 20th Century and is there fore a more modern styled poem. I think that this is reflected through out the whole poem, it is easier on the eye to read because of the way it is set out on the page, and there seems to be no deep hidden meanings that the poet wants the reader to de-mystify. Because of the rhyme scheme and the way it is set out 'A Minor Bird' seems to me to be almost like a child's nursery rhyme. ...read more.

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