John Keats - Analysis

Topics: Poetry, John Keats, Mind Pages: 2 (365 words) Published: October 18, 2011
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness" John Keats from Endymion.

John Keats was undoubtedly an extremely gifted and well loved poet. In such a short space of time he was able to leave a poetic legacy which has touched the hearts and minds of millions. He possessed an unwavering desire to write poetry, which considering his working class status, was something thought impossible in the 19th century. He would overcome these barriers however and succeed to make a name for himself due to the sheer imaginative beauty of his verse.

Let's look at three of his most famous works:

To Autumn

* General overview: This is a poem in three stanzas of eight lines celebrating the beauty of autumn. It also celebrates the idealised world of man and nature working in harmony together.

* Analysis: In the first four lines of the poem we really get a feel of the world that Keats depicts:

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

The idea of man and nature working in harmony together can be found in the fourth line, the vines that represent nature are bending around the habitations of man in pastoral harmony. Nature also works with the elements in harmony as the very seasons conspire with the sun to "load and bless" the fruit that nature provides.

Primarily, the first stanza focus's on setting the scene of autumn itself, described as a place that is "over-brimmed" with summer, and filling fruit with "ripeness to the core;" it is harvest and the fruits of nature are bursting with flavour and perfection.

The word choice in typical Keats fashion is soft and long lasting and full of with life, "mellow," "fruitfulness," "bless," "vines," all of these words in sound alone fill the mind with feeling of calm and tranquillity. The beautiful sounding of words...
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