Yeats wrote this poem after the end of World War 1, where not only Europe was broken into million pieces physically but also went down morally with chaos and disharmony left behind (Holman, 2014). Holman believed that not only was the disharmony left behind but it left the minds of people live with fear. Similarly, in his poem “The second Coming “ Yeats opens with an image of falcon moving away from its falconer by being uncontrollable, and swinging outward in a “widening gyre” (Yeats, 1920). Therefore, he shows that the people went out of hand and it was difficult to keep them in tacked to create harmony and peace where the center of the earth is being unable to hold as "things fall apart". This is another symbolic image which brings forth the idea that the political and moral structure that guided people has been broken and all that is left is the presence of "mere anarchy"(Yeats, 1920), with no laws left to govern the people and keep them in tacked in harmony and peace as people were gone all chaotic after World War 1.
In “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, this theme is the idea that the urn allows Keats to delve into his imagination and forget his inevitable mortality as opposed to the immortality of the urn. Once the reader reaches the end of the poem, they have a clear understanding of what Keats’ metaphorical commentary is concerning the urn. In this sense, Keats’ economy is similar to Auden’s in that they both directly indicate their intended message; the poetry says a lot in a small space, not the
John Keats came from a family that suffered from harsh illness and many relatives that died at rather young ages. In his poem “When I Have Fears,” each verse holds a longing yet understanding of death. In his first lines he states “Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain, before high-piled books, in charactery, hold like rich garners the full ripened grain.” Keatts uses these expressions to mimic the fact that life is a constant unknown and although he holds onto every moment, he understands he might not get to share all that he has worked for. He continues to relay this message throughout his poem giving examples of everything he will one
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. At the time, when Owen
John Keats’ poem, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer” explores the dynamics between the transcendence of reality and fiction. Keats writing emerges from the perspective of breaking away from the confines of reality, by drawing from fictional worlds. In contrast, Wordsworth who was known as a pioneering poet of Romanticism reflected on the direct effect nature has with the human condition and perspective. However, both Romantic poets share a common quality to their writing in that they both contemplate on the grandness of the existence of something other than oneself. Both Wordsworth and Keats execute this by heightening this sense of amazement that is portrayed by the human reaction to their natural surroundings.
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.
The theme of death and mortality in John Keats’ Odes The daunting theme of death intertwined with human mortality is one of the most frequently used themes in all of literature and especially in Keats’ poetry it seems almost omnipresent. Perhaps it is because death is a human inevitability, which many of us try to unsuccessfully outrun for all our lives, but perhaps the theme is not as morose as it might seem; perhaps Keats sees death in a much better light than most of us - as a possible and final means of escaping agonizing reality but also as something which gives us the potential to realize hidden beauty. In any case, Keats’ treatment of these themes, especially in the “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, is to say the least very intriguing and therefore deserves a much closer look and scrutiny. In the Ode to a Nightingale nature plays an important role, to be more specific, a bird’s song is the source of the speaker’s
Although he never comes out directly and says that this is a poem about love, the reader can recognize the deeper meaning of his writings. “The Raven” is a poem that focuses on what someone may experience during the loss of a loved one. Throughout Poe’s writing career, he mastered the art of relating his writings to something his readers would have once experienced. The most interesting things about his writing style is that the reader gets to see into Poe’s life through his poems. In this poem, Edgar Allen Poe uses symbolism and several unusual themes to tell the reader a story about someone he once loved that has recently passed away.
The Society of Classical Poets, a highly critical and knowledgeable website, ranks "Ode on a Grecian Urn" as the seventh best poem ever written originally in the English language under 50 lines. Considering Keats 's short, but eventful life, the question is why? Why is this poem ranked so high? To put it simply, the man who wrote this culminated many details of his life, the urn portrays many of these subjects, into a poem. Keats, through the catalyst of art and poetry, told the stories of his love of nature, the importance of someone or something to learn from, and the fear of a premature death.
William Butler Yeats’s The Tower has illustrated his views on Ireland and its relationship with war and violence. This essay will use “Leda and the Swan”, “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen” and “Meditations in Time of Civil War” to help understand Yeats’s engagement of violence. They also highlight how violence can be both creative and destructive effects. He uses subtle language and vivid imagery to engage in the effects of violence and also highlight the issues that associate with them. These poems highlight how historical events such as the Irish Civil War in Ireland influenced Yeats throughout The Tower and how he reflects upon his feelings though these poems.