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santanu2 | Salutatorian

Posted August 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM via web

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Give the meanings of the word annotations of the following expression from the text of "When I Have Fears" by Keats.

"pen has gleaned,my teeming brain,"

"Before high-piled books, in charactry,"

"Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;"

"fair creature of an hour,"

"Never have relish in the fairy power"

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM (Answer #1)

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In the second line of "When I Have Fears," Keats worries that he will die before he can write down all the poetry his brain will have to offer, before his pen can "glean" (extract) those ideas from his "teeming" (full) brain. 

"Charactry" means letters of the alphabet. Keats hopes that he will have piles of books containing his poetry. These books, he hopes, will hold like "rich garners" (collect or gather) the "full ripen'd grain" (the literary fruits - poetry - of his fully developed imagination). 

"Fair creature of an hour" refers to a beautiful young woman whom Keats saw at Vauxhall Gardens years prior to writing this poem. Only seeing her for an hour, he is left to imagine what love with her might have been like and he further hopes against an early death, so that he may experience such love. 

He wants to have relish (to enjoy) in the fairy (magical, enchanted) power of "unreflecting love." Here, "unreflecting" can mean unconditional (you don't think twice about it, the love is so strong) or it can mean eternal (not reflecting - not even thinking about time or death because you are so enchanted and in love). 

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