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  1. "Romanticism consists of the strange, the

    these words are all very sense orientated with the desire to show the peak point before it all rots and turns to autumn. He uses the sensory language to generate an atmosphere he wants the reader to feel what he is feeling. The theme of sensual language continues into stanza two as the poem developes and as the season Autumn goes into this state of pure bliss. He uses highly sensual language like "oozing hours by hours" this is almost onomatopaeic as he is dragging us into the sense of stillness, this place he is describing is very relaxed a

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  2. Analysis of "On First Looking Chapman's Homer" by John Keats

    Some of the allusions are not easy to understand, however through so research one can understand them. Throughout the poem many of the allusions relate to a person in history. For example, in line three Round many western islands have I been which relates to the voyages of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's "Odyssey." Another example, found in line four Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been all three of these allusions show the high or in some cases holy role of poets in society.

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  3. The idea and study of passing of time and shortness of life. Compare the different thoughts and emotions expressed by various Poets on this subject.

    This suggests that when he dies no one is going to remember him and that he is going to be forgotten straight anyway, even though he is a famous poet and he is remembered. This poem is similar to "His Poetrie His Pillar." This is because it is talking about how no is going to remember him. In Robert Herrick's poem, His Poetrie His Pillar, he is discussing how he is afraid that he is going to be forgotten after he is dead but he hopes that his poetry is going to last and that is how people are going to remember him.

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  4. In Keats` Narrative Poems We Find A Wide Range Of Subject Matter And Styles, Discuss And Illustrate

    His use of caesura is also very different from traditional poets, as he varies the use of caesura which gives a sense of freedom and not like in Pope where each two lines are a closed unit; it is not as predictable as in Keats` poetry on where he will use caesura and enjambment. In "Lamia" we see the world of Romance and Greek mythology. This is one of the subjects he has based his narratives on in many of his other poems such as "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and "Hyperion."

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  5. Keats, John. "To Autumn."

    While the title implies a progression through autumn, the ode also has references to an aging day, and even personal maturity. The first stanza is brimming with specific vivid visual imagery. The first which relates to the change in the season and day is the "maturing sun." This sun makes the fruit ripen and cause the burst of ripe food for harvesting. He then goes on to describe the outburst of ripening fruit to an excruciating intensity. The apples are so plentiful that the trees bend with their weight.

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  6. Compare and contrast the views of Autumn inTed Hughes's 'There Came A Day' and John Keats's ' Ode To Autumn'. How do thepoets use language to convey these views?

    We can tell from the title of John Keats's poem 'Ode To Autumn' that it is a positive poem, and obviously about autumn. The title means 'to praise autumn' which implies that it is going to be about the good aspects of the season. However, in Ted Hughes's 'There Came a Day' there is a sense of anticipation and fear about the day. From the title we cannot tell that the poem is about autumn but it is more negative.

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  7. Discuss the creation and purpose of a strong senseof setting and atmosphere

    He seemed to be able to pick out the positive things when times were bad, especially "Ode on Melancholy". These poems were also written in what is called the Romantic Era. "To Autumn" is about John Keats feelings and thoughts towards autumn. Straight away, in the first line Keats sets a strong sense of atmosphere for the poem. "Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness," The word mists implies beauty and mellow suggests calm and relaxed. The way John Keats has used alliteration, makes the reader focus on the two words "mists and mellow". Not only does it start the poem of with a soft and gentle tone, it makes the reader bring to mind autumn in just these few words.

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  8. Critical analysis of 'Ode to Autumn'.

    He describes fruits in this stanza because since autumn is coming there are lots of fruits that will be harvested. Also in the stanza Keats talks about summer. Evidence of this are the lines,' And still more later flowers for the bees.........Until they think warm days will never cease.' These lines explain that it has been a long summer. Keats explains this because always at the end of summer you it has been too hot for to long.

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  9. Describe and discuss the following two poems from the course reader: 'When I Have Fears' by John Keats and 'A Minor Bird' by Robert Frost.

    To conclude I am going to consider which of the two poems I find most effective and why. 'When I have fears' by John Keats has been written as a Shakespearean sonnet, which is composed of three quatrains and a couplet written in Iambic Pentameter, this metrical pattern can be spotted because of the rhythm it produces when the reader reads the poem. As mentioned in An Introduction to Poetry by James Fenton "if the Iambic pentameter is properly written, you shouldn't have any difficulty understanding how it goes. The poet should have written it so that it comes trippingly off the tongue."

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  10. How is Keats' Romanticism Revealed in the Poems 'To Autumn' and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'?

    Keats mother died from tuberculosis when he was very young. He also nursed his brother whilst he had tuberculosis so it was inevitable that he would catch the disease. When Keats was in one of the stages of tuberculosis he wrote the poem 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' which may have been a metaphorical outlet for his writing.c 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' means the beautiful woman without mercy. This is obviously what the poem is about. We know this from several references within the poem. The foremost and most obvious one is 'I met a lady in the meads'.

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  11. "Choose three poems from the pre-1900 section of your anthology in which the poets present powerful feelings and emotions. Compare the poems showing how the poet uses language to produce these effects"

    Finally, 'To His Coy Mistress' is a poem written by Marvell to amuse his friends, but in which he shows his feelings for a woman. Though she does not exist, he has described their conversation as if it actually happened. In 'To Autumn', time plays a very important factor. Keats brings up the point that the season autumn is just part of an endless yearly cycle and that life is also part of this cycle. He illustrates this by having the image of the "maturing sun", this gives the feeling that time is slowly passing and that every year the sun is born in spring and dies in winter.

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  12. In what ways is 'to Autumn' alike and unlike 'Ode to a nightingale' and 'Ode on Melancholy' which you have also studied?

    The description of death as 'soft' is a juxtaposition of death, in order to reduce the harshness of death and creates it as being calm and relaxed. This is a clear acceptance of death which is a similar to the acceptance of life in 'Ode to a nightingale'. 'Ode to a Nightingale' finally accepts the human condition through the understanding that life is not such a bad thing. We see this the strongest through 'Thou was no born for death', which is ironic as we are born to then die however Keats here is in realisation that he was born into the world to live despite that 'youth grows pale' or that he will eventually see his 'last grey hairs'.

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  13. What similarities and difference have you noticed in 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Keats and 'Mariana'

    La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a ballad which means the language is simple, bare and direct. The poem starts off with a kind of 'narrator' for the first few paragraphs. He basically sets the scene. The narrator describes the atmosphere as eerie, desolate and bleak. There was no noise at all, it was very quiet-"and no birds sing." The second paragraph is when the narrator first speaks to the knight. The season is supposedly autumn/winter time. He asks the knight what's wrong with him.

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  14. In the introduction to the story (The Nightingale and the rose), the editors say:

    Here Wilde uses a simile to describe the colour seen. This simile is carefully chosen to reflect upon modern life and fairytale imagery. This story uses familiar aspects of fairytales such as repetition and groups of three. "The Tree cried to the Nightingale to press close against the thorn. 'Press closer, little Nightingale,' cried the Tree, 'or Day will come before the rose is finished.'" This is repeated and gives the Nightingale's sacrifice a deserved emphasis. In addition to repetition of speech Wilde also uses repetition to stress other clauses, "Bitter, bitter was the pain, and wilder and wilder grew her song".

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  15. With reference to any two of Keats odes explore Keats thoughts on mortality.

    Keats went into an ecstatic trance like state 'a drowsy numbness' at the sound of its song. He was almost in an intoxicated or drugged state where he was sinking into unconsciousness. The bird and the surrounding garden are transformed in Keat's imagination. The song is so beautiful that Keats loses himself completely in the experience and seems to look forward to death whilst in this euphoric state, 'That I might drink, and leave the world unseen, And with thee fade away into the forest dim:' As he fades further into a dream world, He recognises the limitations of humanity

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  16. Ode on a grecian urn by John Keats - review

    However, by keeping something safe from harm by enclosing it, you also prevent it from being released. This symbolic struggle is a theme repeated throughout the poem. The urn's perfection is established in the opening lines being referred to first as a bride and then as a child, both of which imply a sexual undertone but by being unravished and fostered, the urn retains a God like purity, never tainted by the desires of man. The long vowel sounds of individual words such as 'thou' 'still', 'bride' and 'quiet' intrinsically imply a passage of time which the urn is unharmed

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  17. By comparing Boccacios 'Lisabetta' and keats's 'Isabella' what do we learn about Keats's interests in his writing?

    This major difference could be put down to the fact that the two pieces were written 4 centuries apart, Boccaccio's being written in the 14th and Keats's in the 18th. This I feel plays a huge part in the differences between them, writing styles had changed dramatically since Boccaccio wrote the original 'Decameron'. This is clearly visible in the languages they both use, Boccaccio uses old contemporary grammar and Keats's uses a far more modern style and language. 'With every morn their love grew tenderer With every eve deeper and tenderer still; He might not in house, field, or garden

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  18. To Autumn by John Keats.

    In fact the whole stanza concentrates in the image of autumn being a fertile and gentle progress and not a dull depressing season where plants prepare for the harsh winter months. The use of enjambment in this stanza reinforces the use on the iambic pentameter in creating a flowing and natural rhythm to the poem. Keats uses the image of the moss-covered cottage to portray a rural, peaceful setting with idyllic surroundings. The verbs on lines 5-8 are very lush and healthy; this is unusual as it goes against the conventional ideas of autumn as the beginning of death and hibernation.

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  19. How does Keats create a sense of autumn so effectively in his poem,' To Autumn'?

    Another reason why his use of personification is so successful is that it brings autumn to life. One example of personification very effectively portrays autumn and the sun working together to produce plump, ripe fruit: 'Close bosom friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him on how to load and bless With fruit...' This, I think, is a picturesque way to think of autumn in social life and I think it is an idea that everyone, after reading the poem, takes away with them. Harvest is a familiar sight at the beginning of autumn and this gives a feeling of the plenty fullness to come.

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  20. Compare and contrast William Wordsworth and John Keats' attitude towards nature in the poems "Ode To Automn" , "Ode To A Nightingale", "The Solitary Reaper", "Daffodils" and "To A Sky-Lark".

    Keats in his short life of just twenty-five years had known intense pain and suffering. He had known such pain in the world he lived in, that he wishes to escape into the ideal world of the nightingale. He opens "Ode To A Nightingale" by acknowledging a feeling of "Drowsy numbness" that he associates with that kind of painlessness that looks "As though of hemlock I had drunk". He wishes to drink deeply of red wine "Cool'd...In the delved Earth/Tasting of Flora and the country green" so that he could "Fade away" leaving the suffering of the human world for the nightingale's joyful world.

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  21. Rich Sensuousness, well-wrought form and depth of thought are characteristics of Keats poetry. By means of a comparative study examine how Keats poetry reflects these features.

    The poet commands us to glut first on the rose; then on the rainbow momentarily created as a wave breaks in the sunlight on the sea; and again on flowers, now the blooms of the peony. The lines containing these commands are heavy with synaesthesia, one of Keats favorite stylistic devices, which consist in mingling the impressions of two or more senses into a single image. The rose, for instance, is obviously a delight to see and to smell, but this is a mourning rose, a blossom at its freshest and best, and the poet bids us to enjoy it so completely as to taste it.

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  22. Compare And Contrast The Themes Of Time, Life And Death In John Keats' 'To Autumn' and Ted Hughes' 'October Salmon'.

    Ted Hughes seems to prefer the more positive outlook that the salmon's time has not been wasted or, as displayed in 'Work and Play' the swallow is doing something more pleasurable with her time than the humans. When I read 'Ode On Melancholy' it gave me a negative, depressing feel as did 'To Autumn' because of their suggestion that things will end, whereas 'October Salmon' has more positive connotations; 'gallery of marvels', 'primrose and violet' and 'the bloom of sea life'.

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  23. Analyse and comment on the poetic form and language used in "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats.

    She left her children in the care of their grandmother. He was later sent to board at Clarkes School together with his brothers; George and Tom. His mother did return some years later, however she was in very poor health suffering from Tuberculosis. Even though Keats nursed her himself she died shortly afterwards. He was badly affected by her death and was said to of experienced "impassioned and prolongd grief", pg 473. Sadly his younger brother Tom died in 1817and the sadness that Keats experienced at his loss led to a period of depression during 1819.

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  24. From your reading so far what seems to be Keats's chief strengths and preoccupations?

    The popular poetry of the period was over decorated and given to telling uninspired entertaining little tales. The poetic accent wasn't Romantic, it was 'romanticized'. Keats wanted to be distinguished from the 'Romanticism crowd.' Romantic poets could not escape being affected by the tendencies of their time and Keats certainly had his love for women, especially Fanny Brawne. However, in romanticized poetry the English countryside was a pastoral idyll. It was a place of great oaks looming above soft turf, warm sunlight or soft moonlight, brooks and great flower banks.

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  25. Critical Essay on

    There are three stanzas in this poem, each focusing on a different insight to autumn. The poet uses good word choice in the first stanza to bring forward the view of autumn. The first stanza shows everything coming to life and maturity. Starting with the first line, "Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness!" This expression shows a sign of joyfulness and the word choice 'mists and mellow' is a use of alliteration which conveys a soft and gentle sound. There is also a plentiful image created by the poet in the first stanza. He uses expressions such as 'to bend with apples', 'fill all fruit with ripeness' and 'plump the hazel shells'.

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