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Choose any single poet on the course and, by close analysis of the set course texts attempt to define his characteristic compositional style. John Keats

Choose any single poet on the course and, by close analysis of the set course texts attempt to define his characteristic compositional style. John Keats

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An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Jessica Jenkinson. Originally submitted for Arts at University College Dublin, with lecturer Professor Alan Fletcher in the category of English Literature
An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Jessica Jenkinson. Originally submitted for Arts at University College Dublin, with lecturer Professor Alan Fletcher in the category of English Literature

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Essay Title:
Choose any single poet on the course and, by close analysis of the set course texts attempt todefine his characteristic compositional style.
John Keats
Abstract:
The reason I chose to do this essay on Keats is because I am truly passionate aboutJohn Keats and he is my favourite poet, when I saw that we were not supposed to usesecondary reading for this essay I embraced the chance at putting my own opinions andfeelings on the paper without having to worry about finding background reading to supportmy essay. It was a liberating experience and one I am happy to have taken part in. I havealways loved Keats and I can read his poems over and over without ever once tiring of them,his words resonate with me and I truly believe he is one of England’s greatest poets. Keats produced such wonderful work in such a short time frame and it is a travesty he did not livelonger and was not given the chance to write more.I chose “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “To Autumn” for thisessay. These poems really sum up, for me, Keats compositional style. His use of the classics,nature and sensuous language are all apparent in these poems. They are defining pieces inKeats’ canon of literature. I read through these poems and picked out all the examples I couldfind of language and themes that are characteristic of Keats. I arranged a meeting with mylecturer and discussed my ideas with him and then I set to work on my essay.As a result of writing this essay I discovered many themes and stylistic devices thatKeats’ employs across his work. Themes like death, immortality, escapism, intoxication andimagery of nature and the classics and of course sensuous language are all characteristic of 
 
Keats’ compositional style. I feel this essay is a comprehensive study of “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “To Autumn” and would be a good essay for anyone to read when beginning their exploration of Keats’ poetry.
Essay:
End of term essay:Choose any single poet on the course and, by close analysis of the set course texts attempt todefine his characteristic compositional style.
John Keats
There are many elements in Keats’ poetry that can be defined as characteristic of hiscompositional style. The themes that are identified in the poems used in this essay have become synonymous with Keats’ work. Death, illness, immortality, escapism andintoxication are all themes that recur in Keats’ poetry. His style is also recognisable; Keatsuses the imagery of nature and the classics and he also uses sensuous language in his poemsand these elements of his style support his themes wonderfully. These themes and stylisticdevices all work together to create a work of art that has Keats’s signature stamped all over it.It is a tragedy that in dying so young he left behind only a small legacy and yet its rarity onlyserves to further increase the value of this most sublime poetry.The texts that will be examined in this essay are “Ode to a Nightingale” (this will beabbreviated as ON), “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (OGU) and “To Autumn” (TA). There are somany themes and layers of interpretation to Keats’ poetry that work to make his poetry socompelling. The images at work in Keats’ poetry are so rich and vibrant that it is impossible
 
to absorb it all in just one reading. However Keats can also be quite paradoxical in that heintroduces, in some instances, contradictory themes to his poetry.Keats was very ill during his short life and eventually died of tuberculosis: “He diedon the 23
rd
February 1821, at the age of twenty-five.” (Tomalin, ix) Illness is a major issue inKeats’ work and many of the other themes that are present in his poetry are related to thiscentral issue of illness. He speaks of a desire for immortality and to escape into another world; paradoxically Keats also writes about his desire for death, so painful was his illnessthat Keats claims in ON: “for many a time/ I have been half in love with easeful Death.” (51-52) He feels he would rather die quickly than live on in pain and misery and yet Keats earlier claimed in ON:Away! Away! for I will fly to thee, Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,But on the viewless wings of Poesy (31-33)He wants to live with the nightingale, and on the wings of Poesy (poetry), the centralmeaning to this poem is that Keats is envious of the nightingale in that its song is immortaland will not die:Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird! No hungry generations tread thee down;The voice I hear this passing night was heardIn ancient days by emperor and by clown (61-64)Keats wants to experience that, he wants to fly to the bird on the wings of poetry, and poetrycan also live forever, like the song of the nightingale. It is here that Keats shows his desire for 

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