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  1. What is Keats's attitude towards Love and Philosophy?

    More often he asks his audience to consider ideas rather than insisting on their acceptance. This contrasts to Keats' contemporaries or those poets of the egotistical sublime' who often try to force their own philosophy upon us, the 'reader.' A clearer understanding of Keats's personal philosophy is captured in that which he defines as the 'egotistical sublime' and the 'camelion poet,' the concept of the 'camelion poet' being based on the assumption that poetry should emerge from 'disinterested, amoral, selfless contemplation.'

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  2. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.

    Agnes." He spent his whole life writing more than 30 poems and died of tuberculosis in Rome in 1821. John Keats first great poem was written on the subject of one of his inspirations, Homer. One of Keats' schoolteachers, Charles Clarke, introduced him to the George Chapman translation of Homer. Clarke and Keats stayed up all night reading Homer's translated works and after Keats got home he sat down and wrote the first poem, which he finished the next morning and posted to Clarke in the mail. That poem was called 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'. In this Keats makes particularly effective use of the natural division of the Petrarchan sonnet.

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  3. What made the ‘Eve of St. Agnes’ a memorable poem?

    The story follows two lovers- Madeline and Porphyro, both of opposing upbringings, and prohibited from seeing one another. Madeline awaits a dream, in which her true love will appear; Porphyro secretly enters her room while she is sleeping to surprise her when she wakes. But the twist in the poem comes when Madeline awakes; she is faced with disappointment in reality... "How pallid, chill and drear!" and one questions the sincerity of Madeline's love. Has she been manipulated into believing her dreams- deceived by Porphyro hiding in her room, or has her dreams deceived her.

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  4. By close examination of 'On the Sea' and one other poem, discuss the distinctively Romantic characteristics of Keats' poetry Consider - the themes of the poems and their style and tone and the contexts in which the poems were written

    and incorporated many references to the classics and a renewed interest in the medieval world. The most prominent characteristic was the valuing of an individual's emotions. Blake was perhaps the most extreme believer of this, saying that he would 'sooner murder an infant in cradle than nurse unacted desires'. Much of Keats early poetry was under the influence of Leigh Hunt. Keats' first poems were also inspired by Spenser (16th century poet) - 'Imitation of Spenser' - and the Romantic poet Wordsworth - 'To Solitude' (a Wordsworthian style sonnet).

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  5. The two poems that I will compare and contrast are "Dover Beach" and "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer".

    The tone's aim is to emphasise the deep sorrow and mental turmoil that Arnold is indubitably experiencing. The tone of the poem changes dramatically as the views of the poet alters. From the outset of the poem the audience are given a false analysis of the sea as it is portrayed as being "calm". Arnold in the third stanza hears the seas "melancholy, long, withdrawing roar"; this description of the sea alters our "calm" perspective on the sea. In my view this alteration of the view of the sea was made to induce the thought that nothing can stay in stasis indefinitely.

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  6. John Keats - Ode on Grecian Urn

    This kind of interest, and such background is quite relevant to the theme and subject matter of this Ode. Matter- of- fact the "Ode to Grecian Urn" invites a special consideration among Keats's other odes for two reasons: it is an indoor, not an outdoor, poem; and deals with art and not nature. It is by no means his maturest ode, which belongs to that part of Keats's mind, which responded eagerly to Elgin Marbles and to all other examples of Greek art. Urns- (vase-like containers made of pottery or stone with rounded bodies and narrow necks)- were used in ancient Greece and Rome to preserve the Ashes of the dead.

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  7. Feelings presented in dreams

    Regardless of whether a person is awake or asleep, electrical waves are continuously given off from the brain. These waves are measured with an instrument known as an electroencephalograph. There are five different stages of sleep where brain waves vary: * Stage one sleep is the transition stage between wake and sleep lasting 1 to 5 minutes and occupying 2 to 5% of a night's sleep. * Stage two, occupying 45 to 60 %, is when one is actually asleep. * Delta sleep, or stages three and four are "slow wave" sleep, which lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

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