John Keats - A Personal Response

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Write a personal response to the poetry of John Keats. 4

Write a personal response to the poetry of John Keats.

The poetry of John Keats is filled with personal explorations of deep and intense feelings and reflections on life. His poems concern a variety of themes, such as eternity and the passage of time, poetic inspiration and ambition, and his desire to find permanence in the midst of constant change. From reading his poetry, I believe that these themes are clearly very important to Keats, as they can frequently be seen as the foundations on which much of his poetry is based. Meanwhile, another important aspect of Keats’s poetry is his use of rich, vibrant imagery, often related to nature, through which he offers his readers impressive insights into life.

On reading and studying his poetry, it appears to me that Keats was very concerned with poetic inspiration and ambition, and similarly, the imagination and its presence as a means of escaping life.  This concern is evident in ‘When I have fears that I may cease to be’, when Keats describes his fears of a death that could occur before he is able to fully express all that his mind holds: ‘When I have fears that I may cease to be, before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain, before high pilèd books in charact’ry, hold like rich garners the full ripened grain’.

This, to me, highlights a great poetic ambition within Keats, and a self-realisation of his potential as a poet. He goes on to contemplate the gri...

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