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How do the two poets use Visual Description to contribute to their Underlying Theme? - Keats and Hopkins in 'Hurrahing in harvest' and 'To Autumn'.

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HOW DO THE TWO POETS USE VISUAL DESCRIPTION TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR UNDERLYING THEME? There are many similarities between the descriptions of the two poets and probably the most obvious is that both of the poems refer to the seasons with Keats and Hopkins in 'Hurrahing in Harvest' and 'To Autumn' referring to autumn and Hopkins to spring in 'Spring'. Both of the poets use the these natural events (the seasons) to suggest their own underlying means even though they are different and they also use personification all throughout the poems to suggest their underlying mean and an example of this would be two titles of the poems 'Hurrahing in Harvest' and 'To Autumn' which both personify the seasons. However even though from a glance both of the poems look like they are suggesting similar things this is not true because if a closer look is taken it is clear that both of the poets use lots of description but that it is very different because looking at Hopkins poems he uses sort of riddles and an example of this would be in 'Hurrahing in Harvest' and this is shown in the following quote: Of silk-sack clouds! ...read more.

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However probably the most obvious difference in the poems is how Hopkins shows energy in the language that he uses such as the words 'shoot, strikes, racing, rush and fling' which all suggest movement and energy whereas Keats uses much more passive language such as the words 'oozing, mossed, mellow, maturing' which all imply slowness and they are also words that are affected by the words around them and once the feeling of slowness has been implied then all of the words suggest a feeling of slowness. The word that implies this most is the first word which season which without clocks is the slowest and longest measure of time. Also it is obvious to me that Hopkins is very bold in showing what he believes whereas Keats is very more subdued in showing his feelings and an example of this would be the first line in 'Spring' which is 'Nothing is so beautiful as spring -' as this shows his feelings and is not a description of the landscape, whereas the first line in 'To Autumn' which is 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!' ...read more.

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He also suggests that all of these things are here but that we have not seen them using the words 'These things, these things were here and but the beholder Wanting' and an example of this would be 'And the azurous hung hills are his world-wielding shoulder' which suggest that God is in the distance holding the world. Whereas Keats's poem does not focus in on God but it focuses in on the Ceres the goddess of Harvest and the sense that the seasons are like a cycle and that even though there is some sense of ending there is the sense that there is also beginning and from looking at the surface of 'To Autumn' it seems that there is less to do with thoughts and more description but if a closer look has to be taken to find Keats's thoughts whereas Hopkins is much more blatant in showing his feelings. In Keats's poem it also suggests that the 'sun' has joined with Ceres to create this season of Autumn and that it was not created by God. Overall both of the poems use quite similar visual description to underline very different underlying means. James Taylor English Coursework L5E Dr. Thompson ...read more.

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