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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

This folks, is a standard sonnet: fourteen lines in iambic pentameter. More specifically, it fits the mold of a Shakespearean sonnet. Not sure what that means? Let Uncle Shmoop explain:Iambic Penta...

Speaker

Oh, Keats… we wish we could imagine a speaker who was less like you. Unfortunately for us (and, well, fortunately for you), it turns out that the speaker of this here poem is pretty much a carbon...

Setting

Keats' landscape for this poem is as varied and dynamic as his imagination will allow. In fact, come to think of it, it's firmly located within the speaker's own mind. Sure, nature plays a starring...

Sound Check

The regular meter of this poem, iambic pentameter, means that it tends to flow pretty smoothly over the tongue. (Read about that in "Form and Meter.") Ironically, that strict metrical pattern sound...

What's Up With the Title?

Well, here's the thing about Keats' title: it's not really a title, just the first line of the poem. Think of this poem as the scribblings that you'd doodle on your notebook in math class, or a not...

Calling Card

No, we're not referring to the end of the world or space ships landing back in the 19th century. For Keats, however, contemplating his own end is just as cataclysmic as thinking about the end of th...

Tough-o-Meter

Sure, love and ambition are pretty common topics – but wrap those subjects up in an elaborate canvas of metaphors, and you've got yourself a poem that's just a little bit tricky to navigate. It's...

Trivia

Byron, another famous Romantic poet, did not like Keats' poetry. At all. Here's what he said about it: "[…] here are Johnny Keats' piss-a-bed poetry […] There is such a trash of Keats and the l...

Steaminess Rating

We have a feeling that, given a chance, this poem would be pretty steamy. It just doesn't ever get quite that far. Keats, you see, is a dreamer – so it's fitting that his poem would talk a whole...
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