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English Poetry

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I have attached all the information there is one files it’s the list of all the poems just choose one of them and work on it

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Poetry analysis

Contents

Introduction. 1

Summary of John Keats’ poem ‘Bright Star’ 1

Analysis of John Keats’ poem ‘Bright Star’ 2

Conclusion. 3

Works Cited. 5

Introduction

Poetry analysis refers to the critical process of examining a poem through informed parameters in order to gain deeper comprehension and acknowledgment of the poet’s intended message and ideas. The process involves examination of the poem’s form and structure, content, and the poetic use of language. The analysis must also consider the poem’s setting and the poet’s historical mindset. This essay is an attempt at applying the different parameters of poetry analysis to the poem ‘Bright Star’ by John Keats with an aim of gaining a better understanding of the poem and the poetry analysis process.

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Summary of John Keats’ poem ‘Bright Star’

This poem was composed in the early nineteenth century between the year 1819 and 1820 by the then young poet John Keats (Roe). Keats is assumed to have written this romantic-lyric poem for his fiancée, Fanny Brawne. John Keats has been described by many poetry critics as one of the greatest poets of his time and is renowned in the genre of romantic-lyric poems (Roe). Sadly, the poet died at a young age of only 25 years managing to publish just 54 poems before his demise.

            The poem begins with the speaker expressing his desire to be like as ‘stedfast’ as the star drawing from the star’s quality of remaining resolute in its position and consistent. This desire is however elusive to the speaker whose very existence as a human being is inherently evolving and swayed by prevailing conditions in his environment (Keats). As the poem continues, the speaker is exposed to the reality of the need for change and adaptability of living creature and quickly changes his mind about wanting to be like the star whose he views as being lonely while proceeding to clarify that his wish is for the quality of patience that the star possesses. Through the use of vivid description and imagery, the poet explains the speaker’s desire as wanting to remain still as the star in his lover’s bosom without being swayed by worldly distractions (Keats). The poet goes on to describe the speaker’s desire to remain still in the moment so that he can be able to revel in and appreciate his lover. The speaker says that should that moment come, he would want it to last forever or until death strikes him (Keats).

Analysis of John Keats’ poem ‘Bright Star’

It is reported that this poem was composed while the poet –John Keats was on board a ship, journeying from London to Italy which explains the highly expressive composition’s somber yet calm mood and tone (Roe). The poet had just left his fiancee behind as he embarked on this voyage, therefore, composes the poem to express how much he longed to see her beloved again giving the poem a somber mood. The poem describes how he desires to remain steadfast until he will be able to gaze upon his beloved again at which point he would wish not to depart forever. The first eight lines of the poem are a conversation with the star. Filled with envy, the speaker desires to possess the star’s quality of patience and stillness to revel in the natural scenery around it, therefore providing the calm tone of the poem (Keats).

            The central theme of the poem is that of love, care, and devotion which is depicted from the way the speaker articulates his desires his entire life lying on his lover’s bosom, line 9 ‘pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breasts’ feeling her ‘soft breaths’ (Keats). This desire is so strong that the speaker is prepared to die if he does not experience it ‘swooned to death’. At the beginning of the poem, the speaker is addressing the star and speaks of the moving waters, snowing mountains, and other natural sceneries with devotion, envy, and care. The speaker’s object of affection and love is his fiancee who he longs to be with. The main focus of the poem is the connection that is created through human love which is different from the affection, care, or devotion that one may have for the natural phenomena around them.

            An analysis of the poem also reveals a heavy use of symbolism, imagery, and allegories to develop the poem themes and plot as well as to give vivid descriptions of what the poet is talking about (Bahador). Perhaps the most prominently used symbol is the star which is deployed to represent and develop the poem’s theme of eternity. The star will last forever albeit in isolation and solitude in the sky, yet in the poem, it is used to symbolize the speaker craving for an everlasting love and life with his beloved (Keats). The star is then personified as the poem proceeds in the way the speaker seems to be addressing it which provide another opportunity to paint the picture of the eternal nature of the star. Through this literary devices, the poet evokes the reader to place themselves in a situation where they had the capability of living forever but in isolation and solitude. Personification is a literary device which gives a non-living object qualities or characteristics of a human being (Bahador).

Conclusion

There are many more parameters in poetic analysis and literature analysis that can be applied to the above poem to provide even clearer understanding of intentions of the poet, however, from the above-used parameter, we can conclude that the poem ‘Bright Star’ by John Keats is a romantic-lyric poem that deploys heavy use of imagery and symbolism to represent a contradiction between human desires of living forever in loving relationship and the realities of life.

Works Cited

Bahador, R. “Riffaterre’s Semiotics of Poetry in Re-Reading John Keats'” Bright Star” and Sepehri’s” To the Garden of Co-Travelers”.” Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 2.9. (2014). Web.

Keats, J. Keats:’Ode to a Nightingale’and Other Poems. London: Michael O’Mara Books. 2016. Web.

Roe, N. John Keats: A New Life. Yale University Press, 2012. Web.

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