Evidently, we can already see some connections between the two poems through the plots and themes. In addition, Keats uses specific literary techniques in both poems to attract the audience better and to convey his message easier. Firstly, Keats makes use of nature, season and time in both of the poems. This, then contributes to the use of metaphors and imagery. For example, in La Belle Dame Sans Merci, although it is warm season, perhaps spring or summer, when the knight is in love with la belle dame, the reality is in cold and harsh winter.
In ‘On My Songs’ by Wilfred Owen, his ideas about poetry and its importance are voiced throughout the duration of the poem. He does this by using various techniques like metaphors, diction, and personification amongst others. One of the main ideas we can gather from this poem is that he believes that poetry is a form of release. It begins with: ‘Though unseen Poets, many and many a time/ Have answered me as if they knew my woe/…fashioned so their rime…easing the flow/ Of my dumb tears’. In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through.
There are several interpretations of John Keats’ poem, Ode to a Nightingale. Keats begins his poem with talking about a bird that seems real, but as the poem progresses the bird turns into a symbol. Keats was envisioning how life could be much simpler and he was thinking about the different ways life is troublesome. His reality was taken over by his dream of having a life like the nightingale- worryless and free. He wishes that he could join the bird because if he could escape to the nightingale’s world, he could escape from reality and live a much more uncomplicated and worry free life.
Vincent Millay they also have their difference. Some of their differences are the way the tone and mood are expressed through the poems. The tone is the way the author feels about his and the attitude he sets in the poem and the mood is how the reader feels as he or she reads the poem. In the poem Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare he has a very appreciative tone as he compares his lover to a summer's day and how he appreciates her and tells the reader that she is way better than a summer's day. Shakespeare's poem also has a loving mood.
We get the first glimpse that Yeats is appreciative of nature. Yeats uses words like “still” (Yeats 4) and “twilight” (3) to instil the sense that he is experiencing an uninspiring phase in his life. These words set a somber tone to the poem. The quiet and melancholic setting parallels how Yeats feels about living as an ageing man. Much like the muted setting, life as an older person is quiet as the excitement and passion that young people experience both dissipate.
Death is inevitable. For some, obsessing over not knowing when and where it might occur can often drive them to insanity. However, for others, it is simply a transition into a more perfect eternal life. John Keats and Henry Longfellow portray the concept of dying in two distinct perspectives in their poems “When I Have Fears” and “Mezzo Cammin.” Despite differing viewpoints, they use techniques such as verse, verse form and language to portray the same theme: Death will occur at an unknown time and how a person chooses to cope will impact the rest of one’s life. John Keats came from a family that suffered from harsh illness and many relatives that died at rather young ages.
In the end, he states “and so live ever or else swoon to death” (14). He accepts the fact that death is inevitable and he chooses to spend his dying days in the arms of his lover. Similarly in “When I have Fears,” Keats expresses his emotions towards death, except this time, from the perspective of a poet. Through alliteration and personification he relays his fears of not being able to write all his knowledge on paper and his fears of death denying him fame and love. As with “Bright Star,” by the end of the poem he comes to terms with death.
It is said that John Keats has a depressing style of writing, which many could not understand the answer to if they had not learned about his life. Since Keats was constantly surrounded by death and loss, he found writing about it was his only way of expression. His poems mainly consisted of the themes such as fear of death, loss of time, and love. Ode on a Grecian Urn is a 5 stanza, 10 line work of art done by the poet John Keats. This poem is extremely confusing even to experts today, in the sense of its wording.
However, a closer analysis reveals that the speaker actually pities the star and sees its eternality as a curse and not a blessing—stemming from the fact that the star exists in a loveless solitude. It takes until the very end of the poem to arrive at this conclusion, but Keats’s specific choices of language and grammatical structure prove that the speaker does not, in fact, admire the star. The speaker misleads the reader about his true opinion from the very first line, addressing a star and saying, “would I were steadfast as thou art ”. This line presents the star in a positive light, signaling that the reader admires it for its stillness and eternality amidst an ever-changing world. Given that this poem is just a 14-line sonnet, one would think that this first line would set the tone for the
As we read line by line of this poem, we will get to know how these themes are expressed. Themes of the poem can vary from people to people for they have different aspects. According to David Ormerod, “The poem 's theme is, in part, the rejection of the conventional Christian conception of the afterlife, and the adumbration of a personal vision of the desired state of eternity.” In the first stanza, Keats would love to be like the star that does not change and live forever but not alone. The first line reads “Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--.” It starts by calling a star as if it were a person. We can know that Keats wants to be unchanging and constant as we face the word steadfast.