Romanticism In John Keats On The Grasshopper And Cricket

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“The poetry of earth is never dead”, thus starts John Keats his poem “On the Grasshopper and Cricket” where the word “earth” implicates the poetry which describes the beauteous landscapes of the earth. The countryside is clearly the setting which vividly displays the beauty of earth in its most magnificent sceneries and natural views. Consequently, countryside in Romanticism plays a crucial role in the composition of romantic poems which constitute their subject matter from the countryside sceneries. Various poets of romanticism distance themselves from the cities and get inspiration from the simplicity and primitivism of the rural life. Poets have appreciated more the landscapes in the countryside and preferred the pastoral lifestyle over the materialistic and complicated urban lifestyle. Industrialization, as an eminent movement which correlates with the rising of the Romantic Movement during the eighteenth century, has played a significant role in the formation of the ideas promoted by the Romantics and rather stimulating them to the composition of the majority of their eminent works. The…show more content…
In other words, pastoral poetry is the depiction of the countryside, shepherds and shepherdesses. It is a work of art that portrays the idealized rural life. What is more, it describes the peaceful life of shepherds and their uncorrupted existence. It contrasts the innocence and the purity of the rural life to the corruption of the city, politics, and courts. The countryside is viewed by the poets since ages as an escapism from everything that disturbs the individual’s inner peace in the city. Furthermore, the countryside is rich in landscapes, hills and all colours of nature that give peace to the human mind. Therefore, pastoral poetry is a branch of literature created only to praise the beauty of the countryside and everything that is related to the rural life including the shepherds, the cottages, the cattle, and

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