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Joseph Poetry Analysis

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Joseph Gaither

on 27 March 2013

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Born October 31, 1795
He was the oldest of four children
Father died in 1804 in a work related accident and mom remarried London bank clerk called William Rawlings. She eventually left and lost everything including her children
Mother died in 1810. After the death of his mother he became passionate about his studying and he began to read lyric poetry
1814, first poem; 'Lines in Limitation of Spenser'.
March 3 1817- his first book of poetry came to be
Died February 23, 1821 of tuberculosis (25 years old) Poetry Analysis
By: Joseph Gather The Author When I Have Fears that I may Cease to be By: John Keats John Keats ANALYSIS
The persona of the poem desires to accomplish an abundant amount of goals in his life but he fears that his time will come swiftly before he achieves any of his goals and desires. He desires the fame, fortune and happiness, but death is quickly approaching. PARAPHRASE THEME The theme of the poem is that although we may desire fame fortune and love those will eventually fade away or "cease to be" . Matters of the world perish and do not last forever. It also has a sub theme that life is to short and therefore one should make use of the time given. TECHNIQUES Hyperbole lines 1-2:
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain, Keats uses the exaggeration to show that the persona fears that his time is going to come before the world can see the fruit of his writing and his imagination. Because we know the pen cannot literally teem a brain on it's own the author is trying to show the passion of how much the persona desires to show his skill to the world and be recognized Consonance repetition of the "r" sound is seen in the words
"charactery" (line 3)
"garners" ( line 4)
"grain" (line 4)
"rich" (line 4)
"ripen'd" (line 4) These words in the first quatrain help to express the connection of the persona's imagination to a harvest. The author uses such words to show that the persona's mind is fertile and he indeed has much to express but he fears that he will not be able to show it to anyone because his time is coming Paradox lines 1-4 In this first quatrain. The author of the poem is basically speaking of himself throughout the entire poem and when he speaks of the "ripen'd grain", he is referring to his imagination and he is the harvester (the creator of the poem) It all goes back to the fear of generally "ceasing to be" before any of this is launched into the world. Structure The poem is 14 line poem which has the resemblance of a Shakespearean sonnet. It is written in iambic pentameter. It does posses a normal rhyme scheme and it also has 3 quatrains and a couplet. the 3 quatrains deal with the matters of the world that the persona is worried about and the final couplet basically has the persona understanding that he will perish and that the matters of this world will ultimately fade away. The Explosion By: Phillip Larkin The Author Phillip Larkin Born- August 9, 1922 Coventry, England
Father was a city official
Father was very bossy and hostile towards women
As he grew up he developed his father's traits
As he developed into an adult he deeply disliked children
He wrote 2 novels but decided to focus on poetry
Desired to be loved by women but he did not have the confidence to marry one (He had many affairs)
Although he did have affairs because of his fear of marriage he became a loner and looked down upon life
Died unmarried and alone on December 2 1985, from cancer. He was 63 years old. Paraphrase Due to an actual mining disaster in 1969 the author writes about the event. Although he personally did not experience it he basically summarizes the event in a vague way without giving much detail to the actual violence that occurred in this sad tragic disaster. Theme Themes in the poem are love, death, and fate. Love is shown through the poem with the passing of the miners; love can never die, it stays inside of us even when we lose loved ones. Death does not win in the end. It does not conquer overall. There is always hope and light regardless of the evil that happens in our lives. Techniques Free Verse The poem has no fixed rhyme. It relies on the diction, tone and syntax of the author to create the entirety of the poem. The author creates a hopeful tone with the proper word choice and shows that there is hope even in the midst of terrible situations. Diction The author's diction shows that he is not necessarily concerned with the event at hand. He has not experienced it himself. His language is casual, calm and collected manner. Although he discusses the events in the poem he does not go into depth when speaking on the disaster. Using the correct words, the author is able to effectively show that there is hope after this tragedy. The love of the miners prevails and there is hope for a better future. Death will not win. Meter The poem is written in Trochaic Tetrameter
it has eight unrhymed stanzas
and at the end it has one stanza which stands out on its own from the rest of the poem.
The author has the complete attention of the reader, there is no form, no rhyme, it is just the word choice and tone of the author to reveal to the reader that love overcomes in the midst of trials and death is not the end. Structure The poem's rhyme is interrupted by the explosion which cuts off any chance of the rhyming pattern which also creates an unrhymed poem. Although unrhymed because of the syntax, diction, and mood of the author the reader is still able to comprehend the overall message of the poem and infer that death has not accomplished its mission and that love will always survive through every circumstance even with the death of loved ones. And with the isolation of the last line the reader is able to see the message that there is hope and that life will continue on. In when i have fears that i may cease to be the persona fears different matters in his life and in the end he accepts his fate and gives up because he knows the result CONTRAST Compare In the Explosion, fate is not feared, it is generally welcomed. The author uses the last line to show that there is hope and that life will continue on even after the trials and tribulations Both poems deal with death.
(In when i have fears that i may cease to be: the death of the persona)
(In The Explosion: the death of the miners) CONTRAST The conflict in the poem is because the persona fears that his works and love for this woman will fade away forever, before he can fully show what he has to offer. The author is describing the events of a tragic mining disaster. Both poems' titles relate directly with the story of the poems. The poem deals with one person's feelings and life. The poem deals with the lives of several people, not just one person. (miners) The poem is very specific on details (what the persona fears, what he desires etc) The poem is vague and does not go into much detail. It gives just a general output of the situation with very little detail on the events of the poem. References Works Cited
"Easy Literature Notes: Analysis of Philip Larkin's "The Explosion"" Easy Literature Notes: Analysis of Philip Larkin's "The Explosion" N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"The ExplosionPhilip Larkin [1922-1985] Â Â ." Skoool.ie. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"John Keats Biography." John Keats Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"[John Keats] When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be." YouTube. YouTube, 11 July 2011. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
"Keats: When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be"" Keats: When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be" N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.
YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. Both Authors sadly died of diseases.
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