Bright Star And The Oven Bird Poem Analysis

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Many poets choose to write about death because it is one of the few things that all creatures have in common. Reading about the end of life forces readers to think critically and introspectively about the rest of their own lives and eventual deaths. While many fear dying, poets can illuminate just how valuable time left on Earth is. Both John Keats and Robert Frost take advantage of the structure of the sonnet as well as pensive and powerless moods in “Bright Star” and “The Oven Bird” respectively to demonstrate their frustrations in coming to terms with mortality. Although many Keats poems employ multiple stanzas to articulate their meaning, “Bright Star” condenses cosmic meaning into a fourteen line sonnet. His choice to make this poem a sonnet is interesting because while he does express admiration, it is not only for his lover but for the eponymous star. Rather than concentrating solely on a woman’s beauty, the speaker instead lauds the star’s stalwart, permanent ways: Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art— Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task (1-5) Almost excessively, Keats takes five of the fourteen lines just to introduce the star and reveal what the star is overseeing and its impressive capacity to do so. Accordingly, this relatively large chunk of the poem suggests the speaker’s deference to an object greater than himself. By

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