Regret, artfulness, and the fear of death in longfellow’s and keats’ poetry (526 words, 2 pages) john keats lived a short life of a mere twenty-six years, and the very fears for which he shows grave concern in when i have fears, turn out to be founded and real, not only for him, but all humans as well.
Keats and longfellow: poem comparison “when i have fears” by john keats and “mezzo cammin” by henry wadsworth longfellow provide a complex perspective of each author’s own description for impending doom, and how failure is an inevitable force that will consume them in the near future. John keats explores his fear of death in “when i have fears that i may cease to be” in the form of a shakespearean sonnet the poem contains three quatrains that interlock his primary fears together, leading to a couplet that expresses his remedy and final thoughts.
Browse through john keats's poems and quotes 217 poems of john keats still i rise, the road not taken, if you forget me, dreams, annabel lee john keats was an english romantic poet he was one of the main figures of the second generation of. John keats had personal contact with death, the death of his parents and brother influenced his work as did his own illnesses and fear of death keats struggled to find balance between reality and fantasy he used his poetry to escape the world.
Phor contains a paradox (paradox is a characteristic of keats’s poetry and thought): keats is both the field of grain (his imagination is like the grain to be harvested) and he is the harvester (writer of poetry) there is a central metaphor in the quatrain, as there is a comparison between writing poetry and harvesting grain. John keats’s “when i have fears” has often been read as a poem about a poet and his fear of mortality such a fear is not hard to unearth in keats’s collection of poetry, not to mention his famous letters to family and friendshowever, this sonnet stands out from others of its kind and those by its author because it paints a more nuanced portrait of death. When i have fears by john keats when i have fears that i may cease to be before my pen has gleand my teeming brain before highpiled books in charactery hold like rich garners the page.
It would be prudent to remember that keats’ poems have all, in some way, featured death death of nature, death of love, death of memory, but death all in all there are few poems, in fact, that do not reference the ending of things.