Essay about Role of Nature in the Poetry of Keats and Wordsworth
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Nature played an important role in all works of the Romantics but I believe it is John Keats and William Wordsworth who understood not nature in themselves but themselves in nature. As Wordsworth once said: "the feeling therein developed gives importance to the action and situation and not the action and situation to the feeling." 1 Both Keats and Wordsworth understood that the most complex feelings and emotions can be described and understood when related with a simple act of nature.
With a simple gust of wind we are given a glimpse into an author's soul as it is used to convey thoughts, feelings and moods of an author. In Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes" the wind is used not only to set the scene of a stormy night but also I think as a…show more content…
For Keats, nature was not only a source of inspiration but also what filled him with the looming possibility of an untimely death, the reason his life was so short. He had an urgency in his writing that lead him to push himself to write so much in his brief life time that it left us wanting more and feeling as though we had been cheated by nature. Keats' poem "From Sleep and Poetry" makes references to running out of time. "Yes, I must pass them for a nobler life,...for lo! I see afar,...- the charioteer / Looks out upon the winds with glorious fear"4 Or as in his brief poem "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" Keats writes "Of Godlike hardship tells me I must die / Like a sick eagle looking at the sky."5 Nature for Keats is a way to express his thoughts and feelings to himself and thus the world. He sees the cycle of life in nature all around him and knows that he shall suffer the same fate eventually and so his time is precious to him an he makes the most of it.
Wordsworth on the other hand lived a long and prosperous life but as a result he suffered the heartache and loss of loosing many important people in his life. His longer life resulted in a greater ability to look back at himself and reflect on how things
Use of Nature in Poetry Essay example
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Poetry Poets use many ways when they want to communicate something using poems. Poems are used as a means of passing ideas, information and expression of feelings. This has made the poets to use the natural things and images that people can relate with so that they can make these poems understandable. The most common forms of writing that are used by the poets are the figurative language for example imagery and metaphors. In addition, the poets use the natural landscape in their attempt to explore the philosophical questions. Therefore, this essay will explore the forms that have been used by the poets in writing poems using the natural landscape. The essay will be based on poems such as ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ by…show more content…
Shelley in his poem ‘Ode to the West Wind’ has used similes in his poem. He states that, “the leaves dead are driven like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing.” He also states that, “the winged seeds where they lie cold and low each like a corpse within its grave.” As observed from these examples, the poets will use these techniques to assist in easier interpretation of the poem. The poets also use metaphors when writing poems. Metaphors refer to the use of certain words to mean otherwise in the context of the poem. However, metaphors are sometimes hidden in the poem such that they require the reader to figure out their existence in the poem. This will be easy when the poet employs the physical environment that is well understood by the reader. In addition, metaphors will strengthen the ideas that the poet wants to pass across. Metaphors will therefore make it easier for the readers to interpret and understand the meaning that the poet intended to communicate. Shelley has used a metaphor in his poem where he states ‘…Pestilence-stricken multitudes’. He states this to indicate to the reader that he is not just addressing a pile of leaves. Therefore, this helps to understand the deeper meaning of the poem.
He also states about the ‘wintry bed’, which is meant to show his mood in the poem. Poets also use the landscape in writing poems because of the inspiration that they get from such places. This could be based on some memory or the history of the place and