The Poetry of John Keats Analytical Essay by chief

The Poetry of John Keats
This paper looks at three poems by John Keats: "When I Have Fears", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and "The Human Season", critiquing them according to the teachings of Helen Vendler.
# 25251 | 1,068 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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According to Vendler, there are several aspects one should look at when critiquing poetry. This paper studies a few of these methods, applying them to the chosen poems of Keats. The critical aspects are meaning, rhythm, rhyme, structure and images.

Table of Contents:
A Short History
Brief Technical Study
The Style of Keats

From the Paper:

"It is important to be able to paraphrase the poem to understand the meaning therein. In When I have fears, Keats is saying, "When I am frightened that I might die before I'm finished writing, or before I can experience love, I feel utterly alone." The Human Seasons is a comparison of the seasons of nature to that of a man's life. Spring is the spryness of youth, Summer is maturity of young adulthood, Autumn is reflection of middle age and Winter is old age and death. La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a story of how a knight was enthralled by a beautiful woman. He loved her, but she toyed with him and in the end, abandoned him."

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