The Romantic Period of prose of poetry created a form that promoted the focus on the supernatural, the natural world, and newfound interest in what was once overlooked. Born in different times and with distinct circumstances, both John Keats and Christina Rossetti took to poetry to convey their own ideas, shaped by this revolutionary time. Keats faced the brevity of life much more severely and took on a more grandiose, dramatic form of romantic poetry when compared to Christina Rossetti. However, both had a similar tone in observing the natural world and conveying the emotion that compelled from within. The impact of the Romantic Movement can be felt as one reads through both John Keats and Christina Rossetti. While differences may exist, and their portrayal is a unique experience of one’s own, elements of the great Romantic time permeates through both of these marvelous poets.
As seen throughout the Romantic Period, proper description and visualization of setting served as crucial to the overall feel and overtone for a poem. Keats’ masterful composition of “Bright Star” exemplifies his vivid imagery as a star is described to hang lonely in the night and personified as forever awake with “eternal lids apart”. He dreams of lying on his “fair love’s ripening breast... to hear her tender-taken breath.” Keats’ imagery serves to stir emotion within the reader and relate intangible concepts to those that can be related. His depictions of severe circumstances are filled with
The life of a poet is often a quiet one. From being left isolated by mental and physical illness, to being struck by life-changing tragedy, Christina Rossetti channels her intense emotions through writing. Often creating poetry was her one true release, as most of the time her depression caused her to be unhealthily apathetic. The less interested she became in the world around her, the more intense poetry she would write. With her sentences, she paints scenes that should be beautiful and distorts them, emphasizing the fact that everything can have a negative side. Rossetti, a nineteenth-century English poet, creates an incongruity in her work by comparing the beauty of seasons, flowers, and animals to the burden of her depression.
The similarities between the poems lie in their abilities to utilize imagery as a means to enhance the concept of the fleeting nature that life ultimately has and to also help further elaborate the speaker’s opinion towards their own situation. In Keats’ poem, dark and imaginative images are used to help match with the speaker’s belief that both love and death arise from fate itself. Here, Keats describes the beauty and mystery of love with images of “shadows” and “huge cloudy symbols of a high romance” to illustrate his belief that love comes from fate, and that he is sad to miss out on such an opportunity when it comes time for his own death.
In “Bright Star,” Keats utilizes soft diction to convey his idea that one must cherish the little things in life. Phrases like “soft fall” and “sweet unrest” indicate that every moment in
His poem Bright Star begins with the apostrophe “Bright star! Would I were steadfast as thou art”. This conveys his desire to live like a star, an unchanging life. The theme of the poem is achieved through the metaphor of the star. He personifies the star with human characteristics of watching the earth and watching it change while the star stays the same. He uses words such as “eternal,” “shores,” and “snow upon the mountains” to illustrate how long the star watches earth constantly change. Going from the “shores” to the “mountains” it can show different parts of the earth and different seasons changing as a way to emphasizes earth's constant changes and how the star sees them all. The use of oxymorons such as “sweet unrest” and “patient sleepless” show that Keats understand that it's impossible to get this dream life he wants. He wrote this in the same year as Ode to a Nightingale, a poem where Keats fantasizes about dying. This seemed to be a direct response to Tom’s death and him finding out he could die
The Victorian England witnessed many developments ranging from the social to the literary fields. Literature being the very reflection of society since ages continued in the nineteenth century England also as the vehicle of expression. While the scientific advancement was the trend, there were many writers who sought a subjective involvement with life owing to the growth of uncertainty and doubts and took refuge from the religious domains. Poets like Matthew Arnold saw religion as the perfect hope for sustenance and apart from him, there were many other writers who made their say whether in the form of poetry or prose and contributed to the world literary domain. An effective woman voice of the period was Christian Georgina Rossetti.
Romanticism refers to a cultural, literary, philosophical and artistic era during the mid to late 18th century in response to the Enlightenment ideals. Romantics favoured more emotional themes which influenced romantic poetry. The Eve of St. Agnes written by John Keats is one such poem to come out of this era and it is clearly evident that Keats uses a number of different words and phrases in this poem that display his romantic ideals and that have certain significance within the poem itself. This essay will have a brief analysis of John Keats’ romanticism ideals within The Eve of St. Agnes, a summary of the poem and it will also look at three particular words within the poem, argent, gules and morphean. John Keats uses the metrical romance
Poetry is a completely malleable form of expression that writers use as an outlet for emotion and advocacy. Because each poet is distinct in form and content, a poet may harbor some characteristics that bare a resemblance to work of another. If there is no room for comparison, a poem may have a literary complement that sets up an interesting contrast between poems, or a poem may reinforce the ideas of another poem. The works of Christina Rossetti and Robert Graves are no exception. Though the two lived in different centuries, they both wrote about relationships between the sexes. Rossetti and Graves’ forms differed even as their contents played upon one
The relentless rivalry between passion and reason is a captivating conflict that often becomes the crux of innumerable pieces of literature. Admirably, the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the poem Bright Star by John Keats are renowned because the quarrelling emotions and judgements in characters evokes empathy in the reader as this conflict typifies a timeless theme. In light of the fact that the novel and poem share a common theme, it is evident that the story told in the poem mirrors how Darcy’s affections for Elizabeth compete with the standards of his immediate society. Undoubtedly, the lines, the diction, and the different literary devices of Bright
Poetry is something that everyone views and interprets differently. From the rhythmic qualities, to the symbolism, no opinion is wrong. In the 18th century a differently style of poetry came about known as Romanticism, or the Romantic Era. Romanticism focuses on several characteristics- imagination, emotion, nature, personal life, symbolism, and individualism. “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and “Tintern Abbey” both highlight these ideas as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson. With help from Emerson’s ideas, we can help understand Coleridge’s dark views of poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that poetry is the everlasting endeavor to express the spirit of the thing.
Lastly, the Romantic Era blended human emotions with nature. The interfacing of emotion and nature was emblematic of Romantic poetry, whether it engrossed the idea of bequeathing human emotions to an innate article like a river or connecting the scenery to the temperament of the writer. (James, 491) This kind of beauty that is
Poetry is essentially the gateway to human emotion through the expression of words. From the 16th to 20th century, poets like William Shakespeare, John Keats and Robert Frost expressed emotions similar to poets of today. In these different time periods, each poet masterfully crafted timeless pieces applying a variety of syntactic devices to create expressive poems. In the 16th century, Shakespeare used quatrains and couplets to write his sonnets. Some hundred years later, John Keats was a prominent figure in Romanticism, a poetic style known for expressing emotional passion in the 19th century. More recently, in the 20th century, Robert Frost wrote metaphysical poems that held an underlying meaning within them. These three poets expressed emotions in their poems through specific forms of sentence structure and word arrangement. The syntax in the poems, “Acquainted With the Night” by Robert Frost, “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare, and “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats reveals the author's personal experiences with loneliness, love and admiration for other people.
During the eighteenth century, a style of writing called romanticism that challenged societal norms began to emerge. It worked against the Age of Enlightenment and encouraged emotional, visual, and knowledge as the reservoir for influence. From this time six important authors surfaced: William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Byron, and John Keats. Included in this list should be Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Wollstonecraft. The eighteenth century produce material that shattered the fundamental’s of society.
The beautiful thing about poetry is a person can find oneself immersed in the words even if he or she does not know the overall meaning of the poem. Rereading the poem many times helps strike new ideas, and will help the reader to catch something in the poem that one did not catch before. This could be identifying a theme, genre, or simply identifying an interesting word. Bright Star by John Keats is a love poem that goes beyond a man just talking to and admiring a star. John Keats demonstrates the writer’s desire to live eternally with his lover through various themes and personifications that open the gates to symbolism throughout the sonnet.
The Romantic period was one of important periods, Romantic poems have an amazing view for the nature and landscape, we also can use term Romanticism to describe particular period, Romantic or Romanticism start in late 1700s to 1820s , the France revolution and the great Napoleonic wars help to forming the Romantic, the most famous and important poets of Romanticism are Percy Bysshe Shelley( the young poet), Thomas DE Quincey and William Wordsworth , according to Ross, he sees that the Romantic poets as greatness because they believe in themselves , also he sees the Romantic poets influence in the history and politics with no direct connect with people, Ross thinks that great poetry write only by great poet, the Romantic focus on poet life
Romantic poetry tends to embrace certain particular themes, and one of the main themes found in romantic poetry is the "sublime" (addressing male themes of "reason, strength, and fortitude"); another main theme is the "feminine," which tends to represent beauty and domesticity. This paper explores the theme of the sublime, which has been employed effectively and creatively by both male and female poets.