Essay about Analysis Of John Keats 's Poem, When I Have Fears

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When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be In his poem “When I have fears that I may cease to be,” John Keats describes his fear that the life’s beauty is painfully temporary, as well as how he manages to cope with such thoughts. Keats has a strong passion for basking in the beauty of romance and translating that euphoria onto paper. However, his pessimistic outlook of life leaves him thinking only how he would miss it all come the inevitable marching of life, so he takes it upon himself to remove those depressing ideas from his mind. It is immediately evident upon reading the poem how important poetry is to Keats. Indeed, in the second line of the poem, he says, “Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain.” These words conjure to mind images of a harvest, with rich fields of grain being reaped for it’s bounty. Staying with the same imagery, Keats goes on to say that “high piled books, in charact’ry, hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain” (3,4). This is all to say that Keats sees his mind as being like a rich and bountiful field of grain, his pen a sickle, and his books great granaries that store his beautiful ideas. From this simile, Keats displays a glimpse into his head and it’s creative genius. He is very in-tune with his thoughts, making brilliant work of his words to form them into the art he so longs for. It is evident that poetry is so important to him, in fact, that he fears he would not be able to fully “reap his crops.” A genuine and real fear of his is…

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