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"Romanticism consists of the strange, the

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"Romanticism consists of the strange, the sensual and the dream" Illustrate the truth of this statement by exploring the themes and techniques of Keats' poetry. Keats uses various poetic techniques and themes to emphasise these ideas of romanticism the "the strange, the sensual and the dream". These themes and techniques are the back bone of the Ode's which allow the reader to feel and use their imagination which was the main reason Keats wrote his poems. Keats uses incredibly sensual language to illustrate how he is feeling and what he is imaginging which gives the ode's a sensual feeling of being alive. In Keats' "Ode to Autumn" he is using a large amount of sensual language to try and take us to the place in his mind, his choice of words are hugely important for making Autumn a sensual Ode. In the first stanza he is focusing very much on the sense of taste and sight to paint the picture of summer ready to explode into autumn with words like "load", "fill", "ripeness", "swell" and "plump" ...read more.

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In Keats' "Ode to Psyche" we can see that Keats is focusing once again on the romantic ideals with reference to classical period "Godess" which is an era he often likes to visit. In the first stanza of psyche Keats is focusing on the importance of his own imagination "Surely I dreamt to-day, or did I see" he awakens wondering if he dreamt what he saw or did he see it but it does not matter, all that matters is that he experienced it. The idea of dream in Keats' Ode's is not actually about dreaming it is more imagination and how it does matter how you experience a feeling, as long as you feel. This Ode has all of the points from the statement the strange , the sensual and the dream the dream is often linked with the sensual, Keats takes you into a dreaming state with his sensual language and when he describes his experiences in his dream or imagination he is using sensual words "whispering" this is a personified human emotion to relate this place to the reader so we can also relate to the place he has taken us. ...read more.

Conclusion

elevating the role of the poet to that of god which seems a contriversal thing to say as it could also be seen as blasfemic putting a poet "priest" on the same pedastoole as God. His whole dream like state is extremly strange saying he is going to build a garden in his mind for psyche and to let "warm love in!" love is welcome to come in with him, this dream seems to be about the relationship between the soul and love. I do agree with this statement however I do feel there are some far more improtant and more widley used romantic ideals in his poems than the strange and the dream however sensual is a very important feature that runs through all of his Ode's whether it is describing beauty of art in Urn or nature in Autumn he uses sensual language in all of his Ode's and that is the main thing that makes the reader ask questions at the end after you have been taken to into his other reality, his dream. ...read more.

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