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GCSE: John Keats
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In Wordsworth's "the prelude" (1) a young boy steals a small boat, on doing so he disembarks on a journey which Wordsworth uses to symbolise the journey between childhood and adulthood. From the start of the journey the boy seems to be very sad and discontent as the use of the willow tree reflects these emotional feelings, also as the door opens between childhood and adulthood which is symbolised by the unloosening of the chain he becomes confused and unsure if what he is doing is a step in the right direction.
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“I felt before I thought” (Rousseau), referring in detail to at least 2 poems, illustrate the qualities, which make Keats a Romantic poet
The journey was a failure. Keats died 23rd of February 1821. It was found that his lungs were completely destroyed by the disease. The French Revolution in 1789 also affected many other Romantic poets such as Shelley, Byron and Wordsworth. It was thought to have brought a new creativity. Romanticism made an issue of imagination being praised over reason, emotion over logic and intuition over science. This idea brought about freedom of thought and expression, in literature. Romanticism is not a simple as writing down anything, there are many qualities contained in Romantic pieces.
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With words like "mellow" and "fruitfulness" being used. Keats then talks of the sun and how it ripens everything in a completed and full way, "And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.." This shows how Keats believes autumn begins and summer ends, with the growth and ripeness of fruit and plants. He uses detailed, complex and innovative language to describe a maturing and full Autumn. For example, when talking about the ripening fruit of autumn " And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core" and ""To swell the gourd and plump the hazel shells".
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That is why in many traditional ballads repetition is used widely throughout so it is more easily remembered. For this section of my coursework I have chosen "Ballad" by "Anon" for my traditional ballad and "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats as my literary ballad. "Ballad" tells the story of a dishonest lover who deceives and betrays a young girl. The Ballad is told by the young girl who lost her virginity and freedom to the man. "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" deals with a knight who is infatuated by a very desirable woman.
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'The ode is used as a poetic form for philosophical contemplation.' Compare two odes by Keats in light of this observation.
Both of his parents died before he turned fifteen, so he became familiar with loss at an early age. His most famous sets of poems were his odes and these were written as Keats? tuberculosis worsened in 1819. He died in 1821. There are two main themes in Keats? odes: beauty and death. It is obvious beauty is looked at intently in Ode on a Grecian Urn, as the urn seems to tell the poet in the second to last line: ??Beauty is truth, truth beauty,??. Keats firstly tries to tell the reader what the urn?s figures think of beauty.
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The structure and arrangement of this poem is of immense importance to Keats in helping him get his message through. Following the iambic parameter, Keats poem is a Petrachan Sonnet which is evident through the familiar structure and fourteen-verse arrangement. The starting lines of both the octave and sestet are similar, that is; ?The poetry of the earth is never dead.? And ?The poetry of the earth is ceasing never.? Keats does this as he wants to reinforce what he is trying to say and it also acts as a divider between the octave and the sestet.
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