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How does Keats use form and structure in "The Eve of St. Agnes" in his presntation...

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Posted April 25, 2010 at 12:07 AM via web

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How does Keats use form and structure in "The Eve of St. Agnes" in his presntation of love?

my premise is that he presents love positively in this poem

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM (Answer #1)

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In the poem "The Eve Of st Agnes" by John Keats, the poet presents a vivid depiction of love. He tries to keep an elevated state of mind right through the love story. This romantic story takes place in the context of medieval times, and we see familiar fairy tale-like characters displaying all the charming eccentricities of their historical surroundings.The old-fashioned way that they speak adds a new charm all of its own.The verse form in which this is expressed is the fluent but challenging Spenserian stanza. The hint of an asymmetric rhyme scheme is a change from predictable couplets or quatrain. An extension of the ninth line reminds us of ordinary speaking voices which are naturally irregular.The introductory stanzas contrast the Beadsman, coldly praying, against the “argent revelry” of the more festive great hall. Images of heat and cold, silver and red, chastity and indulgence, indoors and outdoors, run through the poem, a silent opinion on the plot.

 

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