Shairah Shelt: The Beauty Of Nature And Romantic Poetry

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Shairah Holt examines the importance and beauty of our environment by linking it to Romantic Poetry. In today’s modern society, the beauty of nature is taken for granted by most people. Each year, 1 000 000 sea birds, 300 000 dolphins and porpoises and 100 000 sea mammals are killed each year due to marine pollution. This shows the carelessness of humans and how we view our ocean as a large garbage dump. Romantic poet John Keats states otherwise. John Keats (1795-1821) was an English poet. His parents died when he was in his teen years, so literature became a haven and a field for exploration. He devoted his short life to medicine and poetry. Although he was not a popular romantic poet during his time, his poems influence many people hundreds of years later and he had one of the most remarkable careers as an English poet. When writing On the Sea, Keats was staying at the Isle of Wight. It was incorporated into his 17th April Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds. In this poem, he writes about the excellence of the scenery surrounding him. In this letter, he includes the following words: ‘I find that I cannot exist without poetry.’ These words express how much Keats loved poetry. Inspired by the Isle, this poem explores the power and strength of the sea and the supremacy of the ocean. Keats admiration of the ocean begins in the first line, where he states, “It keeps eternal whisperings around”. This first line expresses one of the main themes conveyed throughout the poem:

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