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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

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

Found what you're looking for?

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

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

Although there are some apt points made in this essay it is too short a response and needs further development. Language, structure and form are all touched upon but they all need further exploration.

3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 10/10/2013

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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Of Mice and Men Essay

    4 star(s)

    best friend, the one whom he shared the same dream with, and the one who fully trusted and abided him. The term "gun" does not only resemble the weapon that George used to kill him, it resembles death, loss, murder, and decease.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    compare the way love is presented in 'valentine' and 'sonnet130'

    4 star(s)

    The next line, 'It will blind you with tears like a lover', connects the onion to love and compares the way an onion makes you cry to how love can make you cry. The word 'blind' is used as when people cry their eyesight becomes blurred and put off.

  1. Critical Analysis of "The Tyger" by William Blake

    In the second last stanza of the poem, the poet talks about the reaction of the rest of the universe [the positive forces] to the creation and introduction of such a being and the reaction of the creator himself. The stars and the lamb are used to represent all the

  2. Pre - 1914 Poetry Coursework

    In sonnet 18 famously written by William Shakespeare and published in 1592, this sonnet was the 18th in 154 and arguably one of the better known of his sonnets as it is shrouded by mystery by the fact that he is writing a love sonnet to a man while normally

  1. Mid-Term Break and On My First Sonne Comparison Essay

    Seamus Heaney's poem is more of a narrative describing what happened on the day of his four year old brother's sudden death. In my opinion it seems as if Seamus Heaney is sharing his experience with other people who may have suffered in the same way and is exploring the emotions of more than just his own.

  2. The threat of death presented in: Havisham, Hitcher, Laboratory, On my first Sonne

    With the way the two protagonists act in these two poems, there chances of going to heaven are very slim. In "Hitcher" we immediately learn what mental state the speak has adopted. There is the very peculiar description of the "ansaphone" "screaming".

  1. Mid Term Break - Poem analysis

    Why aren't his parents driving him home? The knelling bells produce a sombre tone. They are like death bells. It is only really in the second stanza that we learn something is seriously wrong. His father is crying. In the next line we know it is something to do with a funeral, obviously a particularly bad one seeing as he is crying.

  2. AQA English Lit 'Moon On The Tides' Relationship Poetry Analysis Notes

    LINK Helps to drive along the argument 3. Written in an argumentative form Structure 1. Traditional Argument Structure = If A, But B, So C 2. First Stanza = talks about how he wants to spend time doing what lovers do and how she deserves being wooed and pleasured 3.

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