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Romantic Poetry Analysis. John Keats On First Looking into Chapmans Homer reflects the many aspects of Romanticism

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Poetry Analysis The romantic era rose out of and in response to the logical, more retrained forms of literature composed in the age of reason. It promoted the exploration of creativity in thinking, the joys of discovery and the enthusiasm and wonder evoked by mans complex relationship with nature. John Keats "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" in the latter part of the Romantic period yet accurately reflects many of the above mentioned ideas. In this poem, the excitable young poet passionately recounts his joyous response to "looking" at the ancient works of Homer (as translated by an Englishman). Typically for the Romantics, Keats uses comparisons, imagery and tone to demonstrate his feelings and reflects the aspects of Romanticism through the use of poetic techniques. ...read more.

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The phrase "Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold" suggests that a poet composes songs of heroes to give tribute and loyalty to Apollo, the Greek god of poetry and music. Keats tells his reading experience like a Homeric voyage and explores the wonders of poetry. The poem moves to a new idea by the use of the term "then". The second idea tells of the consequences or results of reading Chapman's translation. Keats reveals a new world which he expresses by extending the world to the heavens by the phrase "Then felt I like some watcher of the skies". Keats compares his discovery of Homer via Chapman like a planet discovered in the sky. ...read more.

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Imagination was important in Romanticism as it allows an insight into the truth of things, both natural and supernatural and this is demonstrated heavily in Keats poem of astonishment. John Keats "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" reflects the many aspects of Romanticism and showing us the positive views of his "first looking" towards Chapman's translation of Homer's Greek legend "Odyssey". As a poet form the second generation of the Romanticism era, he has demonstrated the subjectivity, passion, emotion and other important aspects insisted by the romantics as a change from the Neoclassicism era. Much of Keats poetry was known to be as pure as music. He was a poet in the purest sense of the word and this poem was an example of one of his finest work. ...read more.

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