I am doing reserch on the poem “When I have fears” By “John Keats”What can you tell me about this poem?

Question by d4rkr4v3n77: I am doing reserch on the poem “When I have fears” By “John Keats”What can you tell me about this poem?
What can you tell me about the author? What can you tell me about the time period? Anything you can tell me about this will help me thank you for your time!

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Answer by atlanta
I did a paper on Keats while at school. I have always been fond of his work, we had to memorize his poems and recite them in class. One of the world’s greatest poets. Below is the poem ‘When I have Fears’ by John Keats written in 1818 a meaning of the poem, and a slice n dice edited version on him and his time

When I Have Fears

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love!-then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.

The first quatrain expresses he fears he may die before he has written all the poems that he wants to. In the second quatrain he fears he may never trace all the “high romance” In the third quatrain he addresses a woman whom he breifly met and thinks he might not experience true love.Finally, he sees himself alone on the shores of the whole world with all his desires erased from his mind.

John Keats
He was an English Romantic poet born October 31, 1795, in London. The oldest of four children, he lost both his parents at a young age. His father was a livery-stable keeper, and died when Keats was eight; his mother died of tuberculosis six years later. His grandmother was too old to look after him so she appointed him to guardianship. The guardians took him out of school and placed him to apprentice and study medicine in a London Hospital. In 1816 Keats became a licensed apothecary, but he never practiced his profession, because he didn’t like it, he decided to write poetry.instead. Around this time, he met Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth who helped Keats with his first volume in 1817. Shelley, privately disliked Keats and exaggerated some criticism with negative reviews, attributing to Keats declining health.

In 1818 while nursing his brother with tuberculosis, Keats met and fell in love with a woman named Fanny Brawne whom I beleive the poem is about.. Writing some of his finest poetry between 1818 and 1819, Keats stopped writing after the death of his brother, but in late 1819 he returned to his work piece and rewrote “The Fall of Hyperion” (unpublished until 1856). That same autumn Keats contracted tuberculosis, and by the following February he knew he didn’t have much time left.

In July 1820, he published his third and best volume of poetry, dealing with mythical and legendary themes of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance times

“Hyperion” was considered by Keats’s contemporaries to be his greatest achievement, but by that time he had reached an advanced stage of his disease and was too ill to be encouraged. So he continued to write Fanny Brawne with hope of re-uniting but the mother prevented them from getting married because Keats was so sick, He then went to Rome with his painter friend Joseph Severn because the doctor ordered him to seek warmer climate for his health. He died there on February 23, 1821, at the age of twenty-five, and was buried in the Protestant cemetery. Pretty sad, isn’t it. The full version with names and dates and titles are on the links below. Next time, it’s your turn.
I have edited it for you, my nutshell view. there is more in the links below.

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1 thought on “I am doing reserch on the poem “When I have fears” By “John Keats”What can you tell me about this poem?

  1. It’s a Shakespearean / English sonnet of three quatrains and a rhyming couplet. It’s also written using iambic pentametre. Keat’s early sonnets were dismissed by critis as they classed hiim as uneducated, working class, radical and a member of the ‘Cockney’ school; a radical set who did not conform to the literary / political values of the day. They were known as the romantic poets. Alexander Pope’s poetry dominated and the romantic poets rejected the style and escapist content. The sonnet structure may be coventional but the emotional directness, use of enjambment ( see lines 1 / 7 the final quatrain) and caesura ( Line 12) are evident of Keats’s desire to break away from convention.

    I have no reference page other than to say I’m a literature teacher!
    However, there are some links that you may find useful…
    Happy reading!

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