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Poet Comparision

Woodsworth and Keats
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Justin Meyers

on 3 May 2010

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Keats v Wordsworth John Keats "When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be" William Wordsworth "It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free" Comparison STRUCTURE:
Keats:
Sonnnet-14lines
3 quatrains 1 couplet
Rhyme Scheme-abab cdcd efef gg

Wordsworth
Italian Sonnet-14 lines
1 octave 1 sestet
Rhyme Scheme-abbaabba cdedc
QUIZ TIME Question 1 Question 2 Question 3 Question 4 It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a Nun
Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
The gentleness of heaven broods o'er the Sea:
Listen the mighty Being is awake,
And doth with his eternal motion make
A sound like thunder--everlastingly.
Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
If thou appear untouched by solemn thought,
Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year;
And worship'st at the Temple's inner shrine,
God being with thee when we know it not. When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charact'ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen'd grain;
When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face, 5
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And feel that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon thee more, 10
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think,
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink. How did Keats and Wordsworth differ
in their religious beliefs? Keats was more disdainful of christianity. What is the structure of each poem? Identify and explain one simile in
"It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free". -"The holy time is quiet as a Nun" (line 2). Wordsworth connects nature and the church to depict the scene.
-"A sound like thunder" (line 8). This compares God's force to another piece of nature. Both poems are written in sonnet form.
Keats uses the English sonnet, while
Wordsworth uses the Italian sonnet. About whom does Wordsworth write in the sestet of "It Is a Beauteous Evening , Calm and Free? His illegitimate child, Caroline. TIME PERIOD ELEMENTS
Romanticism Ideas
Individualism:
Keats' poem is very individualistic. Focuses on his fear and lack of success, instead of not contributing to society.

Wordsworth's poem addresses his life rather than a group. Line 9 refers to his daughter.
Nature:
Keats: line 4 compares crops to knowledge
line 5 describes the sky

Wordsworth: line 4-5 describes the sunset
line
Both use nature to illustrate aspects of poems

TIME PERIOD CONT.
Emotion
Keats expresses emotion: fear of death in first stanza

Wordsworth combines nature with emotion.
Emotion: awe.
Words like "beauteous", "quiet", "tranquility", and "divine" (ll 1-2, 4, 11) SUBJECT
"When I Have Fears..."
Fear-stanza 1
Potential & mortality-stanza 2
Lost love-stanza 3
Contemplating acceptance-couplet "It Is a Beauteous Evening..."
Awe of nature-lines 1-8
Adress of daughter- lines 9-14

THEME "When I have fears..."
Mortality makes us vulnerable. It may hault one's life endeavors, causing individuals to question the most important aspects of life. "It is a Beauteous Evening..."
Nature inspires different emotions as
age progresses, but appreciation of nature
should be universal.
Keats:
Each quatrain=different issue
Resolved by couplet

Wordsworth:
Octave poses main idea
Sestet switches focus
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Keats: references nature, not dieties.
Defended atheism.

Wordsworth: Biblical allusion line 12. "Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year"
Descendants of Abraham QUICK QUESTION! Which poet supported Christianity?
Which was skeptical? Repetition Keats: "When", (lines 1, 5, 9)"before", (lines 2-3), "never" (lines 10-11).
Purpose: TIME

Wordsworth: "Dear" twice in line 9.
Purpose: affection for Caroline
Differences in Religion WORD CHOICE Keats' word choice: imaginitive
"glean'd my teeming brain" (line 2)
"relish in the faery power / Of unreflecting love" (lines 11-12)
Wordsworth's word choice: nature oriented
"the broad sun / Is sinking down in its tranquility" (lines 3-4)
"the gentleness of heaven broods o'er the Sea" (line 5)
SOUND DEVICES Keats:
Alliteration: "feel, fair" (line 9)
musicality of sonnet & soft sound
Caesura: line 12. Second half of line grouped with last couplet

Wordsworth:
Alliteration: "motion make" (line 7)
"walkest with" (line 9)
lyrical softness
Caesura: lines 3, 6-7, 8
creates dramatic pauses OR separates second half of thought



So, BASICALLY...
That's a lot to learn Things to Remember:
Structurally, Keats & Wordsworth are similar
Difference in religious influence
Context: Keats illness, Wordsworth's daughter
STRONG incorporation of nature in both poems
Thank you for your attention Other Devices:
Similes:
Keats
"Hold like rich garners the full
ripen'd grain" (line 4) compares
his vast knowledge to nature:
creativity


Wordsworth
"quiet as a Nun" (line 2) connects
nature to the church

"A sound like thunder (line 8)
compres God's power to nature
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