Name Date Course Section/# Comparison and Contrast within the Context of Romanticism within the Four Selected Poems When analyzing a particular period of literature, one can readily note that key similarities and divergences exist even within a particular genre…
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For purposes of this analysis, the poems by Keats and Wordsworth will be analyzed under the rubric of poems that approach emotions by otherwise dark and/or mysterious means. In this way, Keats makes an “Ode to Melancholy” as a praiseworthy and thoughtful rendition of how sorrow and sadness integrate within the realm of human emotions. Conversely, Byron and Blake both have a brighter perspective they discuss within the confines of the very same subject matter and theme. By means of comparison and contrast of these four different poems, this analysis will seek to provide a level of discussion and contrast between how the respective authors deal with similar topics and take widely different views concerning the outlook that these emotions portend. Within the opening lines to “Ode to Melancholy”, Keats identifies sadness and the necessary suffering and sorrow that is accompanied with it. However, rather than seeking to paint a brighter picture of hope for the future or an explanation of how suffering and sadness are merely temporal and fleeting, the author instead chooses to focus upon the understanding and acceptance of suffering and sadness. Although such an approach can be understood as fundamental concepts of Eastern traditions, it was somewhat out of place for Keats own time. Imploring the reader to integrate with the full depth of sorrow and sadness, not to take the easy way out, to drink the poison without hesitation, Keats presents a very dark representation of the means whereby the individual should accept the constraints of sadness and sorrow/melancholy, and seek to come to a more full and complete appreciation for how these emotions can define the approach and life of the sufferer. In a similar way, William Wordsworth’s poem, “She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways”, discusses the sorrowful topic of the death of a woman all but unloved by anyone besides the author. Again, rather than dwelling on the brighter topics of redemption and the hope of an afterlife, a common theme within the period in question, Wordsworth instead focuses on the level of derision, ridicule, and ostracism that the woman faced as a function of her particularly dark and morose outlook on life. By using terminology such as “none to praise”/”very few to love” describes the level of ridicule that the woman’s worldview has gifted her with (Wordsworth 1). Although the approach that she utilizes as a means of defining life is unpopular within her own community and times, Wordsworth holds this up as an example of a exemplary example of a life well understood and well lived. Within both of these poems, although the subject matter is essentially the same as well as the ultimate approach that the authors take to this, the means by which this is accomplished and the utilization of both active and passive tone helps to solidify the perspectives the authors attempt to aquaint the readers with. For instance, the utilization of the active tone within “Ode to Melancholy” is useful due to the fact that the active tone is used as a mechanism to acquaint the reader with the immediacy of action and understanding that should be engaged with as a means to effect a paradigm shift in understanding the nature of melancholy and sorrow. Similarly, on the topic of death and the ultimate conclusion of one’s way of life and worldview, the passive tone is helpful to evoke the externalities of the grave and the
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The autumn season is likened to a goddess who is full of warmth and hopefulness. The poet reminds autumn to think of its own song instead of searching for spring’s because autumn has its own essence and charm.
Wordsworth immortalized this concept in his poem She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways, talking about a woman who was not exceptionally beautiful so as to catch the attention of a lot of people but was highly esteemed by a few, her own family who knew her inner beauty.
The poem reflects a contrast between sadness and joy, the nightingale representing a sense of joy that is missing from the narrator’s experience. The narrator wishes for the innocence of a lack of the knowledge for what is making them sad and goes on to describe a world in which he believes the nightingale is immersed in peace and joy.
It was a beautiful spring morning and the nightingale’s song was joyous and tranquil at once. This made Keats sit for two or more hours under the plum tree and enjoy the continuous song. As a result, “Ode to a Nightingale” was born, as it seems, in the same breath with the bird’s song.
Both these poets were mutual and affectionate friends. Shelley wrote “Adonais” on Keats death in 1821 and drowned to death the very next year. He was very fond of Keats’ works. Several of Keats’ poems were found in his pocket after he drowned (Sandy 5).
Keats invented a new poetic frame for these poems for he found conventional structures to be inadequate for philosophical musings that is the Odes’ defining characteristic. Keats wanted the tone of these odes to be introspective with lesser emphasis on lyrical harmony.
This essay focuses on the following thesis: '..essay seeks to relay how Keats in his poem has managed to utilize diction, tone and imagery to relay his message explicitly'. Keats skillfully utilizes the imagery of intoxication, which is in form of a dream featuring three main alterations that comprise the entire poem’s structural response.