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Theme Of I Am And Ode To Autumn By John Clare

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The poem I have chosen to discuss are, John Clare’s “I am” and “Ode to Autumn.” by John Keats. Both of these poems deal with the sublime and express the concern of self-consciousness that poetry addressed during the romantic period. John Clare’s “I am” is a refection upon ones last minutes of breathing life, or rather a pondering of death. The poem is cleverly constructed through the structured use of complex poetic techniques in the phonics and sense appealing aspects of the poem. Clare writes to manipulate the reader, not to show them his grief and despair from his point of view, but instead, a point of view of which he would like them to see from. I chose this poem because the poem itself, almost becomes self-aware, as though the experiences…show more content…
The Norton Anthology for English literature Volume D, pg 881 Clare was marooned by all those who he held dear during his time in the lunatic asylum. He had nobody who he trusted or knew that truly cared about him to be by his side through his lonely days and this idea reinforces the imagery of Clare being a “Memory lost”. Clare continues to make very certain statements in the first stanza. We can see the first two lines he states that he merely exists, but cannot understand why or what for anymore. The stanza reads on to say “I am the self consumer of my woes – They rise and vanish in oblivious host…..And yet I am”. The resounding “I am” in the stanza reinforces his questioning, although the statements are set in stone. This repetition technique depicts a this torturous question spiralling around Clare’s head, inescapably distressing. This also suggest that Clare can escape, find comfort and make sense of his crisis through his art form and instead of finding his identity, he creates one for this…show more content…
Keats indulges himself in his personified version of autumn. This poem also deals with the theme of death and its inevitability. This was also a common trait of Keats, as for him, these petite and gradual notions of death occurred daily and he recorded them and marvelled their lack of severity. The images that Keats expresses of the cease of your loved ones hold, the engravings on a historical samovar, and the harvesting in August are of course symbols of death, but are also actually deathly occurrences if we really think about it. This introduces the underlying threat under al the fruitful beauty of this
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