Write an essay outline/plan on the poem "On the grasshopper and the cricket" that discusses and explains the use of imagery in 5 paragraphs."On the grasshopper and the cricket" by John Keats


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I suggest choosing a theme from the poem and writing an essay explaining how imagery supports this theme.  I would suggest three uses of imagery.  Here is an example theses:  In “On the Grasshopper and the Cricket” Keats expresses the idea of nature’s unending beauty through imagery of warmth, renewal and joy.  I would outline the essay this way:

  1.  Introduction (use the thesis I gave you)
  2. Warmth Imagery: “the birds are faint with the hot sun” (2), “That is the Grasshopper's--he takes the lead/In summer luxury” (5-6), “from the stove there shrills/The Cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever” (12-13)
  3. Renewal Imagery: “The poetry of earth is never dead” (1), “And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run/From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead” (3-4)
  4. Joy Imagery: “he has never done/With his delights; for when tired out with fun/He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed” (6-8)

  5. Conclusion (restate thesis)

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