Comparing Helen Vendler And Keats

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others would argue that living is the reward and death is the end. Keats pours his own emotional depth into this poem because of the various losses he suffered before being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Perhaps he was channeling in the fact that poetry, beauty, and fame were important, but death would be the end of it all. The sonnet challenges mortality the most because it seems as if the speaker is ultimately content with dying eventually. He will take pleasure in the joys while he is on Earth but will relinquish in death when it comes for him.
So why is the sonnet a lyric? Helen Vendler, though controversial, brings up the point that these utterances are “preeminently utterances for us to utter as ours. It is indispensable, then, if we are
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To take on voice of these sonnets would require the reader to have the ability to wholly relate to it. They would need to feel the connection to it and believe that the author’s words could also be theirs. It would require the reader to believe solely that they can relate and voice it and while it is a possibility the reader could do this, it presents the issue if a reader can/should do so. What parameters are set that determine how voice able a sonnet is? To take on the voice of the sonnet would potentially mean taking on the voice of the poet themselves. The sonnet was a form of the lyric that branched away from being set to music, especially in the Romantic period. They were more printed in newspapers and readily available for the public to read. This set up a more intimate experience. The sonnet was not being performed and the voice was potentially left up to the reader to come up with themselves. The privacy that the reader would take part in could lead them to taking on their own voice and own experiences when it comes to reading the sonnet. These experiences that go into the sonnet are enunciated a certain way—basing off rhyme scheme

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