Analysis Of The Poem ' When I Have Fears '

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In “When I have Fears,” the speaker is contemplating what would happen if he were to die too early. He lists off what he would be unable to accomplish but the speaker is not dying right at that second. While it could happen at any time, the speaker is just having fears over what would happen when he ceases to be.
These poems are included because they had a strong feeling of mortality in them and summarize the concept of what Keats believed it to be. They were not the only two other topic that dealt with mortality but seemed to have a strong presence of it in them.
The speaker is addressing the star with an apostrophe: “Bright star…” The occasion is because the speaker is blissful in his relationship with his lover and does not want their time to end. The sonnet is filled with images, such as the untouched snow or how he is “pillow’d upon” his lover’s breast. The images help the sonnet be uttered with a dreamy disposition. It’s melancholic—the alternating rhyme scheme helps the speaker tell their dreamy desire to live forever with their love: such as “breath” rhyming with “death.” The rhymed words help solidify the image in a reader’s mind. He wants to live a life that goes on without change. He knows the star is lonely, so he does not want to be enitrely like it; he is more so concerned with the immortality aspect it presents. The apostrophe helps add an emotional intensity to the poem. It delves deep into the emotional intensity of wanting to be with your love forever.

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