Sonnets During The Romantic Period

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his fears come about. It focuses on his fears, his feelings, and the desires that he wishes to accomplish before his life ends. While the topic would seem quite morbid to others, this was often a topic of sonnets during the Romantic period. Keats’ first quatrain is filled with how full and rich his mind is but he will not have the time for it to all grow and be put out into the world. The illusion of grain and ‘garners’ give way to how his mind will never be filled. He also shows that he has an abundance up in his mind because of his mentioning of “teeming brain,” “high piled books,” and the “rich” garners. There is so much that he could do. He imagines that there is so much for his mind to harvest, yet not enough time to do so. Is his fear that he will simply disappear without leaving any sort of impact on the world? He will never write down everything he wants, his “pen” unable to fully glean his brain.
The sonnet could potentially be uttered as a train of thought. There are no ending punctuation marks until the very end. This could demonstrate that this poem should be uttered as a speaker is thinking it in his mind. It is set up almost colloquially because of it’s train-of-thought appearance, but studying the language used gives way that it is more complicated than that through the use of alliteration: “glean’d,” “garners,” “grain,” and the daunting phrases the speaker uses when speaking of his mortality. “When I have Fears” is set up in iambic pentameter, which makes

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