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On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer


by John Keats

On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer Questions

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  1. To Keats, what are the "realms of gold"? What parts of the poem give you that idea?
  2. What did Chapman's translation of Homer do for Keats? How do you know?
  3. What is the difference between "realms," "goodly states," and "kingdoms" and the land in the second half of the poem?
  4. What do the metaphors in lines 9-14 tell us about Keats's view of poetry?
  5. What is the contrast between Cortés and his men? How might that relate to this poem?
  6. Why does the poem end on such a different note than the rest of the poem?
  7. How does this poem represent Romantic ideals?

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