Poems About The Stars of Frost and Keats Essay

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Poems About The Stars of Frost and Keats "Bright Star" by John Keats and "Choose Something Like a Star" by Robert Frost both present to the reader a desire to be like the "steadfast" star. Both poets gaze for this same quality in the stars, but thematically and stylistically each poem has its similarities and differences. The themes evident in "Bright Star" and "Choose Something Like a Star" are similar, but do have subtle differences. A theme shared between the two is man's wish for eternalness. The first fifteen lines of "Choose Something Like a Star" ask for the secret of "steadfastness," and the first line of "Bright Star" says, "would I were steadfast as thou art." The speaker of each poem wants to be able to…show more content…
Lines (6-8) the speaker says, "Of pure ablution...of snow falling upon the mountains and the moors." This relates to a second theme, which is not shared between the two, the theme of seclusion. The speaker realizes that the star is far from the beauties that exist on earth that he has come to know and love. The reference to the "sleepless Eremite" reemphasizes this same theme because a hermit gives off a feeling of silence as well. Frost's poem "Choose Something Like a Star" portrays a theme of persuasion that is not apparent in "Bright Star." The speaker feels the star will keep him "steadfast" and away from poor influence of others. Lines (22-25) the speaker says, "So when at times the mob is swayed...to stay our minds on and be staid." The speaker of Mr. Robert Frost's poem sees the quality of being strong willed in the star and uses the star as a symbol to remain loyal to his own feelings. Both poems signify the same desire for stability, but vary in themes and styles. Stylistic similarities and differences can be seen throughout both "Bright Star" and "Choose Something Like a Star." A single difference between the two poems is that "Bright Star" is a sonnet and "Choose Something Like a Star" does not have a particular poetic form. Keats's "Bright Star" follows the rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG) making it a Shakespearean sonnet. Frost's poem at time follows this same rhyme scheme of every other line, but also contains couplets throughout

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